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 News Release           August 16,  2010                        News Release



2010 National Black Catholic Vigil for Life


October 2, 2010


13th Annual National Black Catholic Vigil for life 2010

Saturday October 2, 2010 (First Saturday) marks the 13th year that the
National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life has sponsored the “National Black Catholic Vigil for Life” on the eve of Respect Life Sunday. The Vigil for Life affords us as African American and African Catholics an opportunity to gather in our various Archdioceses/Dioceses to pray for an
end to abortion and all acts of violence that destroys the dignity of human life. 
The National Black Catholic Vigil for Life is also our prayer-preparation time for the
Eucharistic Sacrifice on Respect Life Sunday, stated Father James E. Goode, OFM,
President of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life.


Respect Life Sunday

THE MEASURE OF LOVE IS TO LOVE WITHOUT MEASURE is the theme for October 3, 2010 Respect Life Sunday presented by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops:
Pro-Life Activities Office.

Every human being, at every stage and condition, is willed and loved by God. For this reason, every human life is sacred. Because we are created in the image of God, who is Love, our identity and our vocation is to love.
Pope Benedict XVI has called this “the key to our entire existence.”
(USCCB: Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities 2010)

   For more information visit:


Archdiocese of New York

Office of Black Ministry – Brother Tyrone A. Davis, CFC, JD
Executive Director
The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life


If you are in the New York area we cordially invite you to join us at
The Lady’s Chapel at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 11: A.M.,
 as we will observe the 13th Annual National Black Catholic Vigil for Life
Our closing prayers will be at the crypt of our
Venerable Pierre Toussaint, a saintly man for life and our
Founding Supporter John Cardinal O’Connor, a Prophetic Shepherd for Life.  


The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life was inaugurated in the fall of 1997, with the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and the
Franciscan Solid Ground Ministry as sponsors and with the support of the
late John Cardinal O'Connor, then Archbishop of New York and the Archdiocesan Office of Black Ministry - Brother Tyrone A. Davis, CFC, Executive Director.  Since then, NBCAL Affiliates
have been established throughout the United States.



NBCAL Board of Consultants


Most Rev. J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., DD Episcopal Advisor,
 Rev. Fr. James E. Goode, OFM, Ph.D President - NBCAL, Dr. Beverly A. Carroll
 Rev. Fr. Fred J. Briers. CR (NBCCC), Ms. Therese Wilson Favors, (NABCA), Very Rev. Glenn D. Parker, CSsR (NBCCC),
Supreme Knight
Fredron DeKarlos Blackmon (KPC), Supreme Lady Geralyn C. Shelvin (KPCLA),
Deacon Paul Richardson  Pres.(NAAACD), Rev. Monsignor Mauricio West, V.G. (NBCCC), Michael Youngblood (NAACYMN),  
Ms. Kathleen A. Merritt, Pres. NABCA (Ex-officio), Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN, Pres. NBSC (Ex-officio),
Fr.  Anthony Bozeman, SSJ, Pres. NBCCC (Ex-officio)


The Historical Black Catholic Community of Religious Women


The Oblate Sisters of Divine Providence, (Baltimore, MD) established in 1829

The Sisters of the Holy Family (New Orleans, LA) established in 1842

The  Franciscan Handmaids of Mary (Savannah, GA) established in 1915

National Black Catholic Congress

Xavier University,

            Institute for Black Catholic Studies