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 News Release           May 31, 2012                   News Release




June is Abortion and All Acts of Violence

Awareness Month in the Black Community 2012



On Thursday May 31, 2012, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Ms. Therese Wilson Favors and Father James E. Goode, OFM representing the Board of Consultants of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life, announced their 15th Annual June is
abortion and all acts of violence awareness month in the black community  2012.


For the past 15 years the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life
(founded by Fr. James E. Goode, OFM ministering in the Archdiocese of New York) has designated June as a time for Black Catholics to actively raise their consciousness regarding the evil of abortion and acts of violence within our community.  June was selected because it is the month of the Sacred Heart.


“As Black Catholics we will not lighten up as we boldly call our people and our communities to end the evil of abortion and all acts of violence that destroy human life”, stated Father James E. Goode.


According to Therese Wilson Favors, “during June 2012 and throughout the summer all Black Catholic parishes are encouraged to make a sincere effort to: Pray the Prayer for Life during the Prayer of the Faithful at all their Masses (this prayer can be found at


Some other suggestions:


Gather our young people to discuss strategies and avenues of peace and the culture for Life; organize discussion groups on the evil of abortion and all acts of violence; call forth our elders to evaluate and shape efforts of outreach and mentor our young people”.


Our theme for the June is Abortion and All Acts of Violence 2012   is
"Wake Up, Rise Up and Do Something ". More information including the Prayer for Life and a catechetical reflection by Therese Wilson Favors may be found at  "Together let us defend the sacredness of all human Life".  

Bless your heart!
Come let us together defend and uphold the sacredness of Life

June is Abortion and All Acts of Violence Awareness Month 2012
(click here for Printable Prayer)


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