November 1-30

Saint of the day:

Catholic Black History Month

50 Black Catholics:

Saints, Venerable, Blessed, Servants of God, and awesome role models

Saints for Black History Month

 

Did you know that November is  Black Catholic History Month? This month, we’re honoring the men and women from Africa who have pioneered the Catholic faith! Black Catholics have had a huge impact on the history and traditions of Christianity.

Spiritans have had a role in the evangelization of Africans and African-Americans since its founding. The first celebration of Black Catholic History Month in the United States began in November of 1990 in various cities in the United States with the celebration of St. Martin de Porres Feast day. The liturgy celebrated the 350th anniversary of St. Martin’s transition from this life to eternal life.

In the world today there are 200 million people of African descent in the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world. More importantly, November not only marks a time when we pray for all saints and souls in loving remembrance but also a time to recall the saints and souls of Africa and the African Diaspora.

*Saints in the picture:
African Saints, Anthony, Athanasius of Alexandria, Catherine of Alexandria, George of Damascus, Isidora of Tabenna, Isidore of Skete, Macarius, Mary of Egypt, Maurice, Menas Cyprian of Carthage, Moses the Ethiopian, Onuphrius, Pachomius, Paisius, Pambo, Patapius, Perpetua, Sisoes, Thaisia, the Great Martyr, Theodora of Alexandria.

https://spiritans.org/news/november-is-black-catholic-history-month

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Bl. Victoire Rasoamanarivo

(1848 – 21 August 1894) was a woman from Madagascar who devoted her life to the poor and the sick. She looked after their needs and spent her free time in prayer. She was beatified in 1989 after a miracle was attributed to her intercession and the cause still continues.

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-09/pope-francis-madagascar-apostolic-visit-tomb-victoire-biography.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoire_Rasoamanarivo#:~:text=Attributes,and%20the%20cause%20still%20continues.

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St. Moses the Black

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St. Martin de Porres

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Servant of God Augustus Tolton

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Augustus-Tolton

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Ven. Henriette deLille

(half African American and half white / Louisiana Creole; her mother was African and her father was French)

https://www.henriettedelille.com/

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St. Josephine Bakhita

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St. Augustine

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St. Monica

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St. Charles Lwanga

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St. Mary of Egypt

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Servant of God Julia Greeley

https://juliagreeley.org/

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Servant of God Mary Elizabeth Lange

https://www.motherlange.org/mother-lange

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St. Cyprian of Carthage

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Sts. Perpetua and Felicity

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St. Elesbaan (Kaleb) of Ethiopia

https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=3077

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St. Maurice

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St. Simon of Cyrene

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_of_Cyrene

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St. Benedict the Moor

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Servant of God Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga

https://archdioceseofnairobi.org/?p=5311

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Servants of God Cyprien and Daphrose Rugamba

https://emmanuel.info/en/cyprien-and-daphrose-rugamba/

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Servant of God Bernadeta Mbawala, nun

https://chipolebenedictines.org/sr-bernadette

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Servant of God Luisa Mabalane Mafo

Daughter of Mabalane and Favasse. Her paternal grandparents were Chindane and Mbanda and her maternal grandparents were Chaca and Mavumazongue. She was baptized at the age of 14 in the chapel of Vinhane, Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Maria de Massinga, on December 8, 1957. Mrs. Amélia Nhiane was her godmother for baptism. At the age of 16, she was confirmed by D. Custódio Alvim Pereira, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Lourenço Marques (Maputo), on September 24, 1959.
At the age of 17, he contracted a religious marriage with Adolfo Raul Nombora, in the community of Keme, Massinga, on June 18, 1960. 10 children were born from the marriage. Luisa was humble, very simple. She was an educating mother in good customs, in the Christian faith and in apostolic zeal. Together with her husband, Adolfo Raul, in 1977, she attended the first annual training course for catechists at the Catechetical Center of the Mission of Mangonha (Massinga). She was a dedicated catechist in her Kofi community and a member of the laity and families parish committee. A strong woman in prayer, she assiduously accompanied the members of her community in times of greatest suffering, seeking to provide them with the consolation of the Gospel and pointing them to the way of God.
A witness said of her: "Luisa took special care of the poor and the sick and brought families together to pray in the various circumstances of life". She was a woman afflicted with many premonitions, to whom the power of prayer seemed to confer the grace of healing. There is the testimony of a sick child who, in danger of life, received the baptism. Luísa prayed for her and revealed that she had had a vision in which she was told that the child “belonged to the Lord”. The child was saved and ended up devoting himself to religious life.
Before leaving for the catechists training course in Guiúa, the community organized a farewell party. Luisa reported that she had a dream in which she sensed that she would not return home. She said she felt compelled to leave and therefore asked for everyone's prayers, saying goodbye with a very strong feeling that she would not be returning. On the night of the assault on the Catechetical Center of Guiúa, on March 22, 1992, Luísa was kidnapped and killed by bayonet blows. Together with her, her son Arnaldo Adolfo and grandson Zito Adolfo perished.

https://www.centroguiua.com/cphg/index.php/lu%C3%ADsa-mafo.html

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Servant of God Christophe Munzihirwa Mwene Ngabo 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christophe_Munzihirwa_Mwene_Ngabo

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Servant of God Anna Ali

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Ali

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Black Madonna of Częstochowa
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Saint Sarah the Egyptian
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Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the founder of Chicago and a devout catholic

https://www.dusableheritage.com/history

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Dr. Lena Edwards, was a physician who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dr. Lena Edwards was born into a devout Catholic family in Washington, D.C., in 1900. The mother of six children, Edwards pursued a medical career as a means to help people. The Catholic obstetrician was vocal in her opposition to abortion and sterilization and advocated natural childbirth. In her day, she worked among the poor and immigrants and taught at the Howard University Medical School. A consummate and successful professional, Edwards was awarded the highest American civilian honor in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson — the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A devout Catholic all her life, Edwards was a daily Mass attendee. Born on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Edwards was very much devoted to him and the virtue of poverty. She was a professed secular Franciscan and was awarded the Poverello Award in 1967, given to those who exemplify the ideals of the Franciscan founder. She died in 1986.

https://www.drlenaedwardscharterschool.org/Content2/6

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Wilton Gregory, American's 1st Black American Cardinal

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilton_Daniel_Gregory

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Honorable Mention

Martin Luther King Jr., not a catholic but an amazing person of faith

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