The Office for Black Catholic Ministry has a reciprocal voice to the African-American Community and the Syracuse Diocese. As a representative of the diocese to the African- American Catholic Community the charge of the Ministry is Education, Evangelization, Social Justice, Family Life and Vocations.
The Office for Black Catholic Ministry strives to fully establish itself and its members within the Syracuse Diocese through continued involvement and constant representation.
This office is to be an effective voice of the African-American Catholic Community to the church of Syracuse. Also to be an effective representative of the church to the African-American Catholic Community through collaboration and cooperation with other diocesan offices.
Advisory Committee Members: JoAnn Adjei, Patricia Blackmon, Dolores Morgan Brule, Jim Cameron, Denise Garrett, Fred Gilbeaux, Annie Hammonds, Alma Hernandez, David Linton, Juanita Nelson, Devra Schoening, Carl and Pearl Thomas, Millie Williams, Jona Putman and Malik Potter
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Elizabeth Clarisse Lange was the founder and the initial "Superior-General" of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first Black Roman catholic order to operate in the United states. Mother Mary Lange, as she was known , opened the first school for the city’s French speaking immigrants using her inheritance in spite of strong attempts to discourage Black education in antebellum Maryland. Mother Mary’s persistent service to her church and help to educationally deprived won approbation from Rome under Pope Gregory XVII to organize the Oblate Sisters of Providence Order in 1829. Venerable Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853)
A slave and beautician who was freed in New York by his owner on her death in 1808. Pierre Toussaint is an example of the impact that Haitians made on the early nineteenth century Black Catholic community in the United States. As a hairdresser, he became the confidant and advisor of the many great ladies who were his patrons. He also became a one-man charity agency. Collecting money for charity, nursing the victims of the Yellow Fever epidemic, giving shelter and training to homeless Black youths.