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 News Release           January 16, 2012                   News Release



“Our Mission is Life” Join us for the

14th Annual Black Catholic Rosary Across American for Life

On Sunday January 22, 2012 the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life invites Catholics throughout the nation to pray the Holy Rosary to end abortion, and all acts of violence against life, stated Father James E. Goode, OFM. 

According to Father Goode, the President of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life, Sunday January 22, 2012 marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion in the United States.  It also marks the 14th Annual Black Catholic Rosary Across America for Life. The Black Catholic Rosary Across America is a time when the people of God join in solidarity as they pray for the right to all human life and a change of heart in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The National Conveners for the Black Catholic Rosary Across America for Life 2012 are Supreme Knight Fredon DeKarlos Blackmon, Knights of Peter Claver and Supreme Lady Geralyn C. Shelvin, Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary.

NBCAL encourages those who are (economically and physically able), to attend the
National Vigil for Life Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Sunday evening in Washington, D.C:

 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Opening Mass - Great Upper Church, Principal Celebrant & Homilist: 
                                    Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Chairman, USCCB Committee  for Pro-Life Activities

9:30 pm - 11:30 pm  Confessions - Our Lady of Hostyn Chapel

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm  National Rosary for Life - Crypt Church (lower level)

11:00 pm - 12 am Night Prayer (Byzantine Rite) - Crypt Church, Led by
                                   Most Rev. William Skurla, Byzantine Eparchy of Passaic, Cantors and
                                   Slava Men's Chorus from Epiphany of our Lord Church,
                                   Annandale, Virginia  12 am - 6:30 am  
Holy Hours for Life - Crypt Church
                                  Led by pro-life seminarians from across the country

Monday, January 23, 2012

6:30 am Morning Prayer & Benediction - Crypt Church, Dominican House of Studies

7:30 am Closing Mass - Great Upper Church, Principal Celebrant & Homilist:
                Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York and the USCCB President

 Followed by the March for Life on Monday January 23, 2012  



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),  
Deacon Arthur L. Miller, Pres. NABCA (Ex-officio), Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN, Pres. NBSC (Ex-officio),
Fr.  Anthony Bozeman, SSJ, Pres. NBCCC (Ex-officio)



The Three Historical Black Catholic Communities 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