National Black Catholic Congress Comes to Florida July 6-9

Join the estimated 3,000 attendees at the National Black Catholic Congress XII (NBCC) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Orlando, July 6-9. Parishes may help sponsor participants and are encouraged to promote the congress to their parishioners through their website and bulletin. They are also encouraged to organize mini reflection sessions based on the topics to be covered in July.

NBCC Executive Director, Valerie Washington, stated, “Congress XII attendees will learn about issues impacting our brothers and sisters, and will leave Congress equipped to serve and better the situations of our brothers and sisters – that is what the Congress theme, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: act justly, love goodness, and walk humbly with your God’ is all about.”

The theme is in keeping with the call to action of Black Catholics by the Magisterium and Catholic tradition in the following: Domestic Violence, Prison Ministry, The Racial Divide, Leadership, The Challenges and Opportunities of the Black Family, Mass Incarceration, Mental Illness, and The Meaning of The Holy Eucharist.

There are five general session speakers scheduled, including Bishop Edward Braxton, the authority on the Racial Divide in America and in the Catholic Church. Attendees can choose from twenty workshop options for adults, a Youth Track for 14 to 17 year-olds with separate General Session speakers/entertainers and workshops, and a separate track for Young Adults with speakers and presenters geared toward these 18 to 40 year-olds.

Other speakers include Fr. Maurice Emelu, Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley, and Cardinal Turkson of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who will celebrate the opening Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe.

For more information about NBCC XII, contact Kimberley Hefner at 410-547-8496 or go to