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June is Abortion and All Acts of Violence Awareness Month

In the African American and African Community

“Come Let Us Defend the Sacredness of Life Together


“Come Let Us Defend the Sacredness of Life Together”
is the theme for the
2010 June is Abortion and All Acts of Violence Awareness Month in the
African American and African Community

as quoted by
Franciscan Father James (Jim) Goode,
President of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life.

The awareness month announcement was made outside St. Patrick's Cathedral,
New York City, on May 3, 2010 immediately after the 10th Anniversary Conference and Mass celebrating the Life and Legacy of John Cardinal O’Connor. 
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
was the celebrant and homilist.
John Cardinal O’Connor was the Founding Supporter of the
National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life.

According to Father Jim Goode, “We are marking this month of awareness because there is no room in the African American and African community for abortion or any act of violence that destroys the sacredness of human life.  Despite the difficulties that will surely await us; we will not be discouraged as we evangelize for life and the family. We go forth with the ‘Good News’
that we have all been created in the image and likeness of God.
God holds us in His hand and will never leave us alone (
Matthew 28 20:).”



 Our June Awareness material for 2010 includes the NBCAL Prayer for Life composed by James Paul Newson, Jr., Father Glenn D. Parker, CSsR and Ms. Therese Wilson Favors. A reflection on life prepared by Ms. Therese Wilson Favors is also included. 

All of these materials can be downloaded and duplicated for your local community.

  Other materials are available upon request.

“NBCAL’s June is Abortion and all Acts of Violence Awareness Month in the African American and African community is a wonderful opportunity for us to rededicate ourselves to the Gospel of Life. This month of June is also a time for us to share in a special way the message of Life in our various communities,”
stated Ms. Kathleen A. Merritt,
President of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators
and a NBCAL Board of Consultant Member.  

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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