Fr. Charles Smith
Fr. Charles Smith
Oregon Catholics will be among those participating in the National Black Catholic Men’s Conference Oct. 23-25 via Zoom.

Black Catholic priests and laymen will celebrate liturgy and take part in talks. Topics include “I Can’t Breathe: Living and Dying in America,” “Black America: The Double Pandemic” and “Healing from Racial Battle Fatigue.”

Among the speakers will be Divine Word Father Charles Smith, Divine Word Father Kenneth Hamilton, and Cameron Beatty, a professor at Florida State University who specializes in leadership.

The group will pray a rosary for liberation and healing of the Black community.

Breakout groups will cover subjects like the emotional needs of young Black males, male sexuality and the love of God, marriage and the Black family and the theology of racial justice movements. In one session, the men will seek to better understand how white people approach the topic of race.

Tony Jones, chairman of the African American Catholic Community of Oregon, attended last year.

“It was a great conference celebrating the Catholic liturgy, and honoring African American and African culture and contributions to Catholicism,” Jones said. “There were also Spirit-filled and led discussions on current matters that impact the African American community; seeking God's solutions for us.”

Here is a link with more details: https://www.bowmanfrancis.org/details

The registration fee is $75 per person. Here is a registration link: https://www.bowmanfrancis.org/registration