African-American Sainthood Day of Reflection set Aug. 17, 2019

African-American Sainthood Day of Reflection set Aug. 17


By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator  

A day of reflection titled “African-Americans on the Path to Sainthood” is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 17 at Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant beginning at 8 a.m.  

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Mother Henriette De Lille of New Orleans. Courtesy of the Clarion Herald 


The day will include prayers, presentations, lunch and a vigil Mass.  

An impressive lineup of seven presenters are scheduled, including Holy Rosary pastor Father Joshua Johnson, Bishop Joseph N. Perry of Chicago, who is the Postulator of the Cause for Father Augustus Tolton of Chicago and Father Tony Ricard of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  

The event is to pray for the saint causes of the six African-American candidates already in progress as well as any future candidates. The six candidates include Mother Henriette De Lille of New Orleans, Pierre Toussaint of New York, Mary Elizabeth Lange of Baltimore, Father Tolton, Julie Greeley of Denver and Sister Thea Bowman of Canton, Mississippi.  

In 2018 Xavier University of New Orleans announced the formation of the first Center for Saints, working in conjunction with the six established guilds for the six African-American sainthood causes.  

In addition to housing materials and promoting the causes for the six candidates, the center will also incorporate the stories of St. Katherine Drexel and St. Kateri Tekawitha in its collection.  

Currently, there are no African American saints from North America.  

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