African-American Catholics

From slave to priest

Andrae Goodnight portrays Father Augustus Tolton in the production " Tolton: From Slave to Priest." According to Leonardo Defilippis, founder and president of Saint Luke Productions, several of the play's themes are integral to the discussion on racial equity and related issues in today's culture.

To hear Andrae Goodnight describe it, Father Augustus Tolton was a powerful and transformative figure in U.S. Catholic Church whose positive example remains relevant today.

Goodnight will play the role of Father Tolton — the first American diocesan priest of African descent — in a new one-man drama produced by Saint Luke Productions. Several performances will take place in St. Louis later this month.

Civil discourse needed on racial matter, Bp. Braxton says

Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Ill., talked about the Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter movement, a revisit of the racial divide in the country, Aug. 8 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury. In part of his address, he examined the relationship of the Church and African-American Catholics.

Bridge the racial divide, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville told nearly 300 people who attended his talk Aug. 8 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

Moral Leadership in Action: All Lives Really Do Matter

As a citizen of this country, as a Catholic Priest and Bishop, and as an African-American, I am deeply distressed by the recent violent eruptions of the racial divide in the United States. Last week, I served as the Catholic Chaplain during Week Three of the nine-week summer session at the historic Chautauqua Institution. Moral Leadership in Action was the week's theme.

Time to talk: African-American panelists share their stories of dealing with racism and prejudice

The eight African-American males, ages 15 to 70, had stories to tell.

Chris Bryant, a 1994 De Smet High School graduate, said it's difficult "when you try to tell someone about your struggle, about what it means to be a black man in America, and they're not trying to listen to you."

Using education to overturn effects of racism

The name instantly sets the organization apart.

African American Male Scholars.

"Scholars" is the operative word, representing members of this St. Louis University group. The words "African, American and male" merely serve as adjectives.

First and foremost, they're scholars, pursing bachelor's degrees at SLU. Perhaps they're the first in their families to attend college; or perhaps they're following in the footsteps of college-educated family members. Either way, they've probably dealt with what Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has called "systemic racism" in our society.

Knights of Peter Claver honor their patron saint

Knights of Peter Claver member Louis Coffman, left, greeted fellow Knight Vincent Wallace Sr. and Ladies Auxiliary member Ruby Douthet as worshipers shared the sign of peace at Mass Sept. 14 at St. Matthew the Apostle Church in The Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis.

In his homily at the Mass celebrating the feast day of St. Peter Claver, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson noted the prominence by which the saint was held by the pope who canonized him -- Pope Leo XIII.

"He said, 'Other than Jesus Christ, no one has ever moved me as much as Peter Claver has,'"Archbishop Carlson said.

So, yeah, Peter Claver ranks right up there. The Spanish Jesuit priest ministered to blacks sold into slavery in Colombia in the 1600s and has been a beacon for African-American Catholics in the United States.

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