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 News Release           March 18, 2011                   News Release







(New York City, New York March 18, 2011)  Thousands by way of World Wide Web joined Father James E. Goode at the Holy Mother of God Chapel – Shrine of Saint Josephine Bakhati at St. Clare Friary ( to pray for the people in Japan who experienced on March 11, 2011 a
tragic earthquake and the consequent tsunami.

We joined our prayers for the victims, their families, and those who are suffering because of these painful events with that of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, our Bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated religious, and the faithful throughout the world.  With our prayers and donations to Japan, we rest on that blessed assurance that “earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal” stated Reverend Father James E. Goode, OFM – President of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life headquartered in the Archdiocese of New York.

Pope Benedict prays for victims of disaster in Japan, sends aid

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Saying he, too, was horrified by the images of the death and destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Pope Benedict XVI asked people to join him in praying for the victims. "May the bereaved and injured be comforted and may the rescue workers be strengthened in their efforts to assist the courageous Japanese people," the pope said in English March 13 after reciting the Angelus prayer with visitors in St. Peter's Square. Government officials estimated that perhaps 10,000 people lost their lives after the earthquake March 11 and the tsunami it triggered. Speaking in Italian after the Angelus, the pope said, "The images of the tragic earthquake and the consequent tsunami in Japan have left us deeply horrified. I want to renew my spiritual closeness to that country's dear people, who with dignity and courage are dealing with the consequences of the calamity. I pray for the victims and their families and for all who are suffering because of these terrible events. I encourage all those who, with laudable speed, are working to bring help. Let us remain united in prayer." The Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Vatican's charity promotion and coordinating office, announced March 14 that the pope donated $100,000 to the relief efforts of the Japanese bishops' conference. "Obviously, material, concrete aid is necessary" to help the thousands who are suffering, Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo,
a Cor Unum official, told Vatican Radio. "Also, the bishops are the first responsible for charity in the diocese and they know the needs of the people. The church wants to be there not only in the short term but especially in the long term," after "many of the secular agencies have gone and there's no one to help."


Bishops Voice Solidarity with Japan, Urge Catholics to Support Efforts of
Catholic Relief Services Following Earthquake

(see USCCB News Release)  



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),  
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