Black Catholic Voices

Black Catholic Voices

Our goal is to “Share, Learn and Celebrate” our African American achievements, highlight the beauty, identity, richness, and importance of our diversity in our cultures, and recognize our representation, resilience, contributions, and significant role in the United States history.

Cardinal Gregory, a native of Chicago who was installed as Washington’s seventh archbishop in 2019, became the first African American cardinal in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

Meet Sister Patricia Chappell, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, who served as President of the National Black Sisters’ Conference and received that group’s Harriet Tubman Award in recognition of her advocacy for Black people through her ministry.

Meet Father Robert Boxie III, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington who serves as the Catholic chaplain at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is in residence at Immaculate Conception Parish.

Meet Hilda Mae McDougald, 100, she has faithfully attended Mass at St. Luke Parish in Washington, D.C., since it was founded as a mission in 1957.

Meet Gloria Purvis, longtime host of the EWTN radio show “Morning Glory,” who discusses why she, as a Catholic, believes in the importance of seeking racial justice.

Meet Dena Grant, who was baptized at St. Augustine Parish in Washington, D.C., graduated from St. Augustine School and has been an active parishioner there all her life.