National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life
St. Clare Friary
  440 wEST 36TH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10018-6326



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Publication of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life
Pray Proclaim and Promote the Gospel of Life

Fall 2003

This issue of “Reverence for Life” is dedicated to
Pope John Paul II
on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of his election
as the Successor of St. Peter.

Black Catholics in America,
not silent on the issue of abortion

The killing of innocent lives is never justified, and will never be acceptable behavior in our community. Every abortion ends life. All Life is sacred and must be protected. As defenders of life we stand firmly on the side of life. We are by word and example praying, proclaiming, and promoting the Gospel of Life. Mary,
Mother of God and Mother of Black Catholics for Life journey with us as we walk in the footsteps of your Son Jesus and Choose Life.

Statement from the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life
On Respect Life Sunday –October 5, 2003

In our Masses and Prayers let us pray for the end of Abortion.
Please also pray for all  “Victims of Violence and the Culture of death”.
Abortion Must End

Black Catholic
Defender of Life
“Shout Out”
To A Black Catholic Defender of Life from the Archdiocese of Atlanta:

Deacon Jerry Lett

A Black Catholic Defender of Life

“John’s gospel reveals the power Jesus gives through forgiveness.  The great POWER Jesus gives us includes protecting the least powerful –
our unborn babies.”
Deacon Jerry Lett

 (If you know someone who is a Defender of Life in our community, please let us know so we can give them a NBCAL Black Catholic
Defender of Life “Shout Out.”)


Respect Life Sunday

October 5, 2003

Life is a Miracle

 “Women tempted by abortion deserve better, Lord. They deserve our love, our help, and our respect. Children waiting to be born deserve better than abortion, Lord. They deserve our protection and care”.

Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, USCCB President

For NBCAL statements and positions on life issues please go to our website:



St. Josephine Bakhita, pray for us and our
Sisters and Brothers of Sudan. The Catholic and Episcopal Bishop of Sudan this past August 2003 signed a proclamation, which said in part: “Enough is enough.  The war must stop.  War is not an option.  Peace must prevail.  The threat to resume the war in the event of a setback in the IGAD process is totally unacceptable and should not be countenanced by any party.  The people of Sudan totally reject a return to war.  They urgently need a just and peaceful solution to the conflict.  The international community must stand in solidarity with the people.


6th Annual

Black Catholic Vigil for Life

Saturday October 4, 2003

Choose Life

Come pray with us for life.

Silent No More

The National Silent No More Awareness Campaign is an effort to make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women, men, and their families. Gorgette Forney, Executive Director of NOEL (National Organization of Episcopalians
for Life) and Janet Morana, Associate Director of Priests for Life are the Co-Founders of this Campaign.  For more information
call (800) 707-6635 or (888) PFL-3448.

National Christian Voter Registration Sundays:  This project is simple and effective.  When the People of God take their convictions into the voting booths, they exercise yet another aspect of discipleship.  For more information contact:  Together we can make a difference in the name of Life. The National Pro-Life Religious Council sponsors this Pro-Life project.  NBCAL has been elected to this council.



Our gratitude to all those who supported and participated in the ‘TAKE A LOVED ONE TO THE DOCTOR DAY” on September 16, 2003.  If you missed September 16th ,remember that any day is a good day to take a loved one to the doctor.  It’s All About Life and the
Survival of Our People.

National Christian Voter Registration Sundays
for more information

Mark the dates:

October 4, 2003
National Black Catholic Vigil for Life

October 5, 2003
Respect Life Sunday

December 1, 2003
World AIDS Day
(For more information contact: USCCB: Secretariat for African American Catholics
National African American Catholic HIV-AIDS Task Force: 202-541-3177)

December 26-Jan l, 2004
Kwanzaa for Life 2003

January 15, 2004
Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 21, 2004
Vigil Mass for Life
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception – Washington DC

January 22, 2004
March for Life

February 1, 2004
National Day of Prayer for the African American Family


New Affiliates
(Since June 2003)

Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
Norfolk, Virginia  - Diocese of Richmond
Rev. Fr. John Dorgan, Pastor

Archdiocese of Chicago
Vicariate VI
Bishop Joseph N. Perry, D.D.

Silent No More
Gorgette Forney & Janet Morana


Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Office of Black Catholics
Schauneille Allen

Justice and Peace Office
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Cecila Jackson

Bowman-Francis Ministry
Society of the Divine Word

St. Gerard Catholic Church
Diocese of Buffalo
Deacon Jimmie Boyd

Divine Word Theologate
Archdiocese of Chicago
Paul P. Applah-Kugi

Ascension-St. Susana Catholic Church
Archdiocese of Chicago
Fr. Chris Vodzogbe

Knight of Peter Claver Court 364
Archdiocese of Washington
Jackie Wilson, Grand Lady

National Pro-Life Religious Council


   Don’t delay become an NBCAL Affiliate today.

Help us pray, promote and advocate the sacredness of all human life in the Black Community.
For more details visit
or simply email us at


NBCAL Board of Consultants

Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, D.D., Episcopal Advisor
Fr. Jim Goode, OFM, Ph.D, President
Dr. Beverly A. Carroll, USCCB: SAAC,
Sr. Anita Baird, DHM, NBSC
Sr. Donna Banfield, SBS, Pres., NBSC 
Fr. Anthony Bozeman, NBCCC 
Supreme Lady Mary Briers, KPCLA
Mrs M. Annette Turner, Pres. NABCA
Br. Tyrone Davis, CFC, - NBCCC
Ms. Therese Wilson-Favors, NABCA
Deacon Jerry Lett, NAAACD
Supreme Knight Arthur McFarland, KPC
Sr. Claire Napoleon, FMM, NBSC  
Fr. Chester P. Smith, SVD, Pres. NBCCC
Msgr. Patrick R. Wells, NBCCC
Mr. Michael Youngblood, NAACYMN

 Join the National Black Catholic Apostolate for life in proclaiming Life by becoming an Affiliate of NBCAL. We would welcome your organization or group 
as an Affiliate of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life as we witness the 
dignity and sacred of life as Black Catholics.  Our affiliates will be posted on the 

              An Affiliate of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life will:

Pray for Life in the Black community and throughout the world.

Proclaim the dignity of human life from the moment of conception to its natural 
end in the Black community and throughout the world.

Promote Pro-Life Issues with the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life in the Black community and throughout the world.

Provide a donation to the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life whenever 
possible to help with: mailings, printing of Pro-Life educational/advocacy materials and outreach programs for the Black Community.

For more information contact us at: or Fax 212 563-0787.

Prepared by the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life. 
Copyright   2002.