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News Release


Jesus the Giver of Life – Make Us People for Life


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Black Catholics Choose Life – Help Others Choose Life



New York, NY May 2, 2006 (  “Black Catholics choose life and help others choose life,” stated Father Jim Goode, OFM, President of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life, as he announced the fourth annual “June as Abortion and All Acts of Violence Awareness Month 2006, in the African American community. Our theme:  Jesus the Giver of Life – Make Us People for Life.


“We will witness the sacredness of life in all our churches, institutions, national Black Catholic conferences, summer family reunions, festivals, church trips, and neighborhood gatherings.  Wherever our people will assemble during the month of June and throughout the summer months, someone representing NBCAL will be there praying, proclaiming, and mobilizing African Americans to choose life and help others choose life,” Father Goode said.



Why the month of June?  June is the month of the Sacred Heart.  During the month of June we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary and Our Mother of Perpetual Help.  June is also the month that we celebrate the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, the young Ugandan Martyrs who gave their lives for the faith.  Thus, the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life perceives June as an ideal month to evangelize for life.  Father Goode went on to say that our evangelization for Life mission has been entrusted to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary - as we Choose Life and Help Others Choose Life.



“Our mission as Black Catholics for Life during this awareness campaign is to go from heart to heart, soul to soul, life to life, and invite our African American sisters and brothers to join us in choosing life,” stated Father Glenn Parker, CSsR, Vice Province Vicar of the Redemptorist Vice Province of Richmond, and a member of the NBCAL Board of Consultants.



The Board of Consultants of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life has fully embraced this Pro-Life Awareness Project, which calls for the end of the evil of abortion and all acts of violence that are destroying life in the African American community. “The success of last year’s awareness month has given us renewed enthusiasm,” stated Dr. Beverly A. Carroll, Executive Director USCCB: Secretariat for African American Catholics and founding member of the NBCAL Board of Consultants.





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NBCAL Board of Consultants


Most Rev. J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., DD Episcopal Advisor,
 Rev. Fr. James E. Goode, OFM, Ph.D Founder/President - NBCAL, Dr. Beverly A. Carroll (USCCB: SAAC),
Ms. Martha Carter-Bailey
(NABCA), Rev. Fr. Fred J. Briers. CR (NBCCC), Supreme Lady Mary L. Briers (KPC & LA),
Ms. Therese Wilson Favors, (NABCA), Supreme Knight Arthur C. Mc Farland KPC,  
Very Rev. Glenn D. Parker, CSsR (NBCCC), Sr. Barbara Spears, SNJM (NBSC),  
Deacon Marvin T. Threatt, Ph.D Pres.(NAAACD), Rev. Monsignor Mauricio West, V.G. (NBCCC),
Michael Youngblood (NAACYMN),  Mrs. M. Annette Turner Pres. NABCA (Ex-officio),
Sr. Patricia Haley, SCN Pres. NBSC (Ex-officio), Deacon Dunn Cumby Pres. NBCCC (Ex-officio)

National Black Catholic Congress
Ms. Valerie E. Washington, Executive Director

Xavier University,

          Institute for Black Catholic Studies
            Dr. Jamie T. Phelps, OP, Ph.D.