The Office for Black Catholics serves African American Catholics within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in collaboration with local parishes to evangelize and celebrate the contributions of the Black Catholic community. The Office of Black Catholics is committed to evangelization and building a faith community that is truly Black, authentically Catholic, and an integral part of the Universal Church.

Upcoming Events

Music Worship with Rawn Harbor • September 23, 2023

Below is our flyer for our annual family retreat. This event is open to families of children with special needs.  • September 23, 2023

Anyone interested can register at blackgirlswithgreenthumbs.org

The Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress • September 30, 2023

https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=U7s42v (LINK TO REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION)

News from CatholicPhilly

Mass Celebrates Both City’s First Black Priest and “Apostle of the Slaves”

On the Feast of St. Peter Claver over 200 people gathered at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for a Mass honoring Fr. Rayford E. Emmons, the first African American ordained Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Office for Black Catholics, Sisters of the Redeemer partner for retreat on racial healing

Some 80 people attended the sold-out Lenten retreat Feb. 25 which was designed to engage participants in faith-based exercises and discussions around racial healing.