news and events

Helping Rebuild a Pan-African Agenda

Working with the Advocacy Network for Africa (AdNA) to rebuild a Global Pan-African Agenda. 

Held a virtual event  to strategize for the Third Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on People of African Descent, with Dr. Michael McEachrane, Rapporteur of the UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent. This features the Recommendations from the First and Second Webinar Series. 

UCC-RVC   “The 2023 Festival of  Nine Lessons and Carol Service”

The UCC Residents Virtual Community (UCC RVC) is a vibrant online platform that brings together past and present residents of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) campus. Founded on the shared experiences and values fostered during our time on campus, the UCC RVC aims to reconnect and engage members scattered across the globe. 

Our mission is to foster a sense of community, provide opportunities for growth and collaboration, and give back to our community in whatever corner of the globe we find ourselves. We strive to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusivity, diversity, and the well-being of all members.

As the festive season approaches, we are delighted to invite you to our upcoming virtual carols service on December 17th. This heartwarming event will feature uplifting performances and provide a platform for us to come together in the spirit of the season.  

Following the virtual carols service, we extend a special invitation to all alumni of the University Primary School to participate in dedicated Zoom breakout rooms. This is an exceptional opportunity to connect with Year Group Representatives, discuss the building and consolidation of Primary School Years Groups, and contribute to the planning of our upcoming 60th anniversary celebrations.

Join our Private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/937007197292014/?ref=share

Run of Show

Sunday, 17 December, 2023 at 19:00 GMT

18:45   Zoom opens

19:00 Welcome Remarks: Vincent Owusu, Panyin (Nee Dadson), Amba (Kakra) Mpoke-Biggs & Fred Ekuban

19:07   Opening prayer by Gyikua Plange-Rhule 

19:08   MC: Introduction by Millicent Owusu-Antwi

19:09   1st Carol: Piano Recital by Dzidzor Amorin -“A Christmas Hallelujah!”

19:11  1st Lesson - Genesis 3:8-15, 17, 19 -by Ben Arthur - “God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent’s head.”

19:14   2nd Carol: from YouTube 

19:17 2nd Lesson – Genesis 22: 15-18 -by James Dadson - “God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.”  

19:19   3rd Carol:  Guitar Recital -by Mark Nimo 

19:22   1st Reflection:  - by Michelle-Linda Cudjoe  

19:25  3rd Lesson - Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7 -by Awo Amorin – “The prophet foretells the coming of the Saviour.”

19:26   4th Song: by Ranzie Mensah

19:32   Sketch: Selete 

19:35  4th Lesson - Isaiah 11: 1–3a; 4a; 6–9 -by Andrew Bediako – “The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.”

19:37    5th Carol: by Kafui Mills-Odoi   

19:41    2nd Reflection: by Ekow Nyameye Spio    

19:43 5th Lesson: Gospel of Luke 1: 26–35; 38 -by Linda Cudjoe – “The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

19:45   6th Carol: by Kofi Mensah – “Magnificent and Holy”

19:50   Christmas message from:  Mrs. Opoku (University Nursery School)   

19:52 6th Lesson: Gospel of Luke 2: 1; 3–7 -by Rosina Brew – “St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.”

19:54   7th   Carol: “O Holy Night” by Mouha

20:01     7th Lesson: Gospel of Luke 2: 8-16 -by Priscilla Solomon – “The shepherds go to the manger.”

20:05    8th Carol: “Silent Night” by Naar Holloway  

20:08 8th Lesson: Gospel of Matthew 2:1-12 – by Addo Djangmah – “The wise men are led by the star to Jesus.”

Open Letter

AVoH Letter of Apeal

Africa Day: Pan African Liberation and Restorative Justice

An AdNA Hybrid Event at Bread for the World 

Register here: https://bit.ly/4121NHt

United Nations Hybrid Side Event - Remembering Our Roots of Pan-Africanism

7:00 - 10:00 PM EST June 2nd, 2023

 DWYER Cultural Center in Harlem, New York 

FacebookYouTubeLinkedInTwitter

Celebrating  Faith Communities

SAINTS OF AFRICA - JUNE 3rd 2023

"A RESPONSE TO THE LORD'S PRAYER; THAT THEY MAY ALL BE ONE"

Over the last circa 15 years, following a tradition of celebrating the feast day of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs of Uganda, we the members of the African Catholics in the DMV come together in the first week of June to commemorate the wealth of saints and other inspirational Africans who are included in our Catholic tradition. We celebrate and pay homage to the many Saints of African Descent, Blesseds, Venerables, and Servants of God of blessed memory. This year we will be including our "Saintly Six", those American-born Africans who are finally being considered for sainthood. We will begin our celebrations with Praise and Worship, before a multi-lingual Holy Mass, to be followed by a luncheon Feast in the St Augustine Hall. The St Augustine Church in DC is honored to be the co-host of this year's celebrations. We look forward to welcoming you all to the "Mother Church of Black Catholics" in the Nation's Capital. For our sisters and brothers who are not able to join us in person, our mass will be live-streamed by our Multimedia Ministry via YouTube @StAugustineMultimediaMinistry and on our Facebook Page.

Blessed Easter! He is Risen, Hallelujah !!! 


The African National Eucharistic Congress (ANEC) 

A pastoral response of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to African Catholics in the United States giving African Catholics an opportunity to organize and gather on a national level to worship together and rejoice in the gift of our faith and culture.


DOWNLOAD PROGRAM 

& INFO PACKAGE

Includes Frequently Asked Questions 

Virtual Easter Celebration

Stations of the Cross 

Across 5 Continents 

UCC RVC Easter Reflection Service. Facebook Page

Striving to be a “Shining City on the Hill” - No one lights a candle and puts it under a basket.


U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit 

Two-day Pre-Summit Events  on Friday, 9th and Monday, 12th December 2022 

EINPresswire-605313514-advocacy-network-for-africa-organizes-two-day-events-to-call-for-a-real-prioritization-of-africa-in-u-s-foreign-policy.pdf

NAACUS African Mass (ANEC Kickoff)

African Catholic’s Association Of DMV is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Time: Dec 4, 2022 03:30 PM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83392295535?pwd=RzFNRmpnU1lMWW1iUGdPN0ErakQ3QT09

Meeting ID: 833 9229 5535  |  Passcode: 4thANEC

NOVEMBER - BLACK CATHOLIC HISTORY MONTH

In the spirit of the ongoing effort to fight racial injustice everywhere, we join Cardinal Gregory's renewed initiative: ‘Made in God’s Image: Pray and Work to End the Sin of Racism (CCC 1935).’

St. Camillus Anti-Racism Initiative

“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” (Pope Francis)

Our faith, rooted in the fundamental dignity of the human person, challenges us to open wide our hearts and address the evil of racism, particularly anti-Blackness within our church and in society. The St. Camillus Anti-Racism Initiative, in coalition with JPIC, invites our community to walk with us as we pray, educate, reflect, atone, and act to develop programs that repair the damages of racism and allow all Catholics to thrive, in spirituality and safety. We envision St. Camillus Church as a hub for on-going dialogue and encounter focused on practicing the Church’s social teachings and acknowledging the sacredness of all human life.

“We should be a church in dialogue, even with those with whom we have some serious disagreements” (Wilton Cardinal Gregory)

Some history of activities of the St. Camillus Catholic Church, Anti-Racism Initiative of the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Ministry in collaboration with St. Augustine Catholic Church, African and Diaspora Ministry of the Social Justice Ministry:

Open wide your hearts, join the St. Camillus Anti-Racism Initiative!

“Those who lead the many to righteousness, shall be like the stars forever”. Daniel 12:3


BCHM 2022 | Bishop Roy Campbell | St. Camillus - Anti-Racism Initiative 

This was another wonderful celebration. Bishop Campbell took us to school; highlighting the contributions of Black Catholics including our 3 Black Popes, Our African Saints, the "Saintly Six" and a number of prominent Catholics of today, one of which we rather keep in the closet ... 

Enjoy the album of photos:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/jcgcMhTEH9776WVKA


St. Camillus Church.


BCHM 2022 | Wilton Cardinal Gregory | St. Augustine Catholic Church | Africa and Diaspora Ministry

November - Black Catholic History Month

"This month of November, should not simply be a time to boast about past historical achievements or ponder over yesterday's tragedies too long endured, or even dwell on famous individuals. It is more than merely a time for claiming our own saintly, heroes and heroines. It is a challenging time for those of us who are now called to make Black Catholic History in our own contemporary world."

"November cannot be just about YESTERDAY; it is even more important to reflect each November about TOMORROW" --

Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Archbishop of Washington), Mass Celebrant.

We need the  Courage and Tenacity of our Saintly Six to fill us with Hope and Determination for TOMORROW!


https://youtu.be/PRUn-4GxLwg


POSTPONED 

The Sandy Spring Odd Fellows Lodge is continuing a century-old tradition of fostering social cohesion by  promoting social and cultural activities in the community. The Lodge provides a wonderful space in this historical building, which provides excellent opportunities that encourage diversity and creativity in the cultural, fine, and theatrical arts.  

In September of 2021, Montgomery County Council held its inaugural African Heritage Month Commemoration with the theme: "Resiliency of African Businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic.".  This was mainly online via Zoom and subsequently shared on their website. This year the Council commemorated African Heritage Month by recognizing and celebrating the contributions of individuals who have brought aspects of African culture to the County, contributing to the region’s diversity and rich cultural traditions. This year’s theme is: “The African Influence on America”;  showcasing African art, dance, food, fashion and music in the County.


The Sandy Spring Lodge has embraced celebrating the African Heritage Month ...

 _____________________