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Delis Aleandro | (310) 566-1523 |  

The Black Lives Matter Too Committee was formed after the murder of George Floyd in May, 2020. We have seen and experienced the sin of racism and the injustices that have affected people of color for far too long and demand change. We are dedicated to educating others on the history and systems of injustice, raising awareness for the issues affecting the Black community, and gathering in prayer and action so that we can help end the oppression, discrimination and racism affecting our Black brothers and sisters.

  

Black Catholic History Month

Intro to gallery of Black Catholics on their way to sainthood.

 

  • Embrace Action | Black Catholic History Month Created on Thursday, 18 November 2021

    In celebration of National Black Catholics Month, we are sharing more about the six African Americans who are currently in the process for sainthood. One of them is Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman (December 29, 1937 – March 30, 1990). Thea Bowman was the daughter of ...

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  • Embrace Action Black Catholic History Month Created on Thursday, 18 November 2021

    In celebration of National Black Catholics Month, we are sharing more about the six African Americans who are currently in the process for sainthood. One of them is Venerable Augustus Tolton (April 1, 1854 – July 9, 1897). Augustus Tolton was a former slave who was bap...

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  • Black Catholic History Month Created on Thursday, 18 November 2021

    In celebration of National Black Catholics Month, we are sharing more about the six African Americans who are currently in the process for sainthood. One of them is Venerable Mother Henriette Diaz DeLille (March 11, 1813 – November 17, 1862). Born in 1812, DeLille, a d...

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  • Black Catholic History Month Created on Thursday, 11 November 2021

    In celebration of National Black Catholics Month, we are sharing more about the six African Americans who are currently in the process for sainthood. One of them is Venerable Pierre Toussaint (June 27, 1766 – June 30, 1853). Toussaint was born in Haiti and brought to N...

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  • Black Catholic History Month Created on Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Did you know there are over 900 Black Catholic saints? In celebration of National Black Catholics Month, we are sharing more about our namesake, Saint Monica of Tagaste, Africa, and her son, Saint Augustine of Hippo. Christianity first arrived in North Africa in the 1s...

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Delis Aleandro | (310) 566-1523 |  

The Black Lives Matter Too Committee was formed after the murder of George Floyd in May, 2020. We have seen and experienced the sin of racism and the injustices that have affected people of color for far too long and demand change. We are dedicated to educating others on the history and systems of injustice, raising awareness for the issues affecting the Black community, and gathering in prayer and action so that we can help end the oppression, discrimination and racism affecting our Black brothers and sisters.

  

Black Catholic History Month

Intro to gallery of Black Catholics on their way to sainthood.

 

  • Embrace Action | Black Catholic History Month Created on Thursday, 18 November 2021

    In celebration of National Black Catholics Month, we are sharing more about the six African Americans who are currently in the process for sainthood. One of them is Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman (December 29, 1937 – March 30, 1990). Thea Bowman was the daughter of ...

    Read more...
  • Embrace Action Black Catholic History Month Created on Thursday, 18 November 2021

    In celebration of National Black Catholics Month, we are sharing more about the six African Americans who are currently in the process for sainthood. One of them is Venerable Augustus Tolton (April 1, 1854 – July 9, 1897). Augustus Tolton was a former slave who was bap...

    Read more...
  • Black Catholic History Month Created on Thursday, 18 November 2021

    In celebration of National Black Catholics Month, we are sharing more about the six African Americans who are currently in the process for sainthood. One of them is Venerable Mother Henriette Diaz DeLille (March 11, 1813 – November 17, 1862). Born in 1812, DeLille, a d...

    Read more...
  • Black Catholic History Month Created on Thursday, 11 November 2021

    In celebration of National Black Catholics Month, we are sharing more about the six African Americans who are currently in the process for sainthood. One of them is Venerable Pierre Toussaint (June 27, 1766 – June 30, 1853). Toussaint was born in Haiti and brought to N...

    Read more...
  • Black Catholic History Month Created on Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Did you know there are over 900 Black Catholic saints? In celebration of National Black Catholics Month, we are sharing more about our namesake, Saint Monica of Tagaste, Africa, and her son, Saint Augustine of Hippo. Christianity first arrived in North Africa in the 1s...

    Read more...

 

Mission

The Black Lives Matter Too Committee was formed after the murder of George Floyd in May, 2020. We have seen and experienced the sin of racism and the injustices that have affected people of color for far too long and demand change.

 

Our goals are three-fold: 

  1. To stand in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters.
  2. To make our community a more welcoming place for everyone regardless of their race or ethnicity.
  3. To support those in our faith community to be actionable and resilient champions for equity and justice for Black people.  

In the gospel, Jesus implores us to “love your neighbor as yourself" and He reminds us that we are "all made in God's image and likeness." We’re each called to help create a more loving and just world and to embrace our uniqueness. Racism and white supremacy won’t die until everyone sees them as issues that they need to solve personally, rather than just Black issues they need to sympathize with. This starts with our very own Catholic community, which is why we have formed this group.

 

We are dedicated to educating others on the history and systems of injustice, raising awareness for the issues affecting the Black community, and gathering in prayer and action so that we can help end the oppression, discrimination and racism affecting our Black brothers and sisters.

 

Contact the team:

 

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St. Monica has long been in partnership with the African American Catholic Center for Evangelization an organization that serves Black Catholics in Los Angeles in collaboration with the Archdiocese and parishes to develop and support programs of evangelization, fellowship, and education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events Archive

Twelth Annual African American Catholic Ancestral Mass
Saturday, Nov. 13 | 12:00 noon | St. Odilia Catholic Church

An annual tradition this liturgy recognizes our Most recent Ancestors who have made a significant contribution to the community.       

 

St. Odilia Catholic Church was established in 1926 as the Negro National Church of Los Angeles and today is recognized as the Mother Church for all Los Angeles African American Catholics. This led to African American Catholics from Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana and many other states settling in South Los Angeles as parishioners of St. Odilia Catholic Church. The first council of the Knights of Peter Claver was established at St. Odilia Catholic Church leading the way for Councils, Courts, Assemblies, Chapters and Juniors to be established throughout the Western United States.

 

Speaker Forum: Why (What) is Black Catholic History Month?
Saturday, Nov. 6 | 10:00 a.m. via Facebook Live

The Forum will explore the reasons for the establishment of a Black Catholic History Month and review the lives of African American Catholics who are on the road to Sainthood; the contribution of African American Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; the History of the largest lay African American Catholic organization, the Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver, and their contribution to the History of Black Catholics in Los Angeles. Panelists include: Bishop Edward Clark, Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Fr. Anthony Bozeman, Pastor, Church of the Transfiguration; Michele LeBlanc, Supreme Lady, Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary; Moderator is Sherry Haines Pierce, Social Media Strategist.

 

Click Here for the Event Flyer

 

An Evening with Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ, Psy.D.
Thursday, Aug. 12 | 7:00 p.m. | In-person and Zoom - FREE

 

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We are happy to announce that Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ, will be presenting on his book The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice on Thursday, Aug. 12, both in-person and via zoom. After the presentation, we welcome our in-person guests for a reception and book signing opportunity.

 

The book is designed to lead the reader through a month-long Ignatian “retreat,” focusing on racial justice following the format of the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatian spirituality offers us tools for today's antiracist struggle, tools that are both spiritual and practical. As Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J., explains, the legacy of Ignatius of Loyola is accessible not only to Jesuits and not only to Catholics but to all followers of Christ. His book inspires our inner journeys, while it fuels racial justice in the outer world.

 

Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J., PsyD, currently teaches in the psychology department at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he is also a psychotherapist. He enjoys jazz, traveling, and learning new languages; and he plays the guitar, harmonica, and drums.

 

Patrick Saint-Jean’s Southern California tour is being sponsored by three Catholic Churches: Padre Serra in Camarillo, Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood and the St. Monica Catholic Community.

 

Tsaint jean bookhe Spiritual Work of Racial Justice: A Month of Meditations with Ignatius of Loyola, Paperback – May 28, 2021

by Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J. (Author)

 

"Saint-Jean’s book beautifully weaves together several threads: the author’s personal experience as a Jesuit in formation who is both an immigrant and a Black man; poignant reminders of the long history of race-based violence; calls for racial justice; and the perennial wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, with their focus on examining our sin so that we are free to love God and neighbor. The end result is an invitation to the interior work necessary to deepen our commitment to racial justice."

 

-Very Rev. Brian G. Paulson, S.J., Provincial Superior, USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus

 

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Anti-Racism Prayer Walk & George Floyd Memorial

Tuesday, May 25 | 6:30 p.m. | Meet in Front of the Church

Let us stand, pray and witness together to show our support for peace and to end inequality. Please wear a mask and we ask that all in attendance adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

 

From the front of the church, we will walk to the Saint Monica statue at Wilshire Blvd. and Ocean Ave.

 

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