Black History Month

By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager


This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Community.

“If you hold to my teachings, you are really my disciples.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

-John 8:31


Each February, people worldwide observe Black History Month, reflecting on Black history and heritage, sharing stories, and remembering the achievements, contributions, and journeys of many notable figures in history.


For Catholics, Black History Month is significant as “we are called to recognize the dignity of every human life. Scripture tells us we are all made in the image and likeness of God, and our faith calls us to treat each other accordingly.” (1)


Due to the pandemic, many of the typical ways people have observed Black History Month have turned into virtual and socially distant events.


As February gets underway, here are a few ways you participate in Black History Month:


  1. Learn the story of America’s first Black priest. Click here to learn more.

  2. Attend the 2021 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering. Click here to learn more.

  3. Participate in the “Black History Month – Virtual Event.” Click here to learn more.

  4. Reflect on MLK’s Principals of Nonviolence. Click here to learn more.

  5. Discover how Catholics can work for racial justice. Click here to learn more.

  6. Listen to how we can view ourselves as one family. Click here to learn more.

  7. Allow yourself to feel anger, sadness, and grief. Click here to learn more.

  8. Review the themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Click here to learn more.

  9. Pray along with us during the Black History Month 2021 Calendar. Click here to learn more.

The Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, hope that you will take advantage of these resources, as well as pray for peace and unity worldwide.

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