October 1, 2023 | Local News
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Bishop to celebrate diocese’s first-ever Black Catholic History Month Mass


Please join the Diocese of Owensboro as we observe Black Catholic History Month with Bishop William F. Medley’s celebration of Mass on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at 11:30 AM at St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro, with a luncheon in the undercroft immediately afterward. Special guests will include representatives of the historic organization of the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver. Volunteers for altar serving, choir, liturgical dance, Eucharistic ministries, greeters and food prep and serving are needed.

Please contact the Office of Black Catholic Ministry for information and to volunteer. Email [email protected] or call (270) 683-1545.

Let’s make this first celebration in our diocese memorable for all in our diocese.

F. Veronica Wilhite is the director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministry in the Diocese of Owensboro.

More upcoming events


Gathering for Black Catholic Men in October 2023

Register now for the Fr. Chester Smith National Black Catholic Men’s Conference in Louisville KY October 12-15, 2023, presented by the Francis Bowsman Ministry. Find details and register here: https://www.blackcatholicmessenger.com/national-black-catholic-mens-conference-2023/


Register for the Certificate Program on Contemporary Black Catholic Spirituality

These online courses from Loyola Marymount University Center for Religion & Spirituality “focus on the concerns of Black Catholics and their unique history, traditions and voice in the universal Church.” Registration is open now for 2 courses in October: Black Catholics Sharing their Distinctive Gift of Blackness in the Catholic Church (AAMX 920) and Living the Gospels with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sr. Dr. Thea Bowman (AAMX 922). Here’s the link: https://crs.lmu.edu/programs/aac/


NBCC XIII – The Vision Continues!

Check Eat the Scroll Ministry’s new blog for Black Catholics to witness “good or bad,” about their experience at the National Black Catholic Congress XIII. This blog will allow participants to process their Congress experience and write a vision for their faith community. And those unable to attend this Congress can hear about the faith of those who did. Visit the link to keep the flame burning from Congress 2023: https://www.eatthescrollministry.com/nbccxiii-testimonials

Originally printed in the October 2023 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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