Welcome to the Office of Black Catholic Ministries

The Office of Black Catholic Ministries identifies and fosters the rich diversity of the Black Catholic community in general, and particularly, in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Its mission is to evangelize, highlight, enhance, and celebrate the contributions of the Black Catholic community as it shares its gifts in the Church and society. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the office promotes and advocates for equality in education, social justice, and pastoral ministries throughout the Church and the community. It strives to wards equal participation for all by raising consciousness in the administrative offices of the Archdiocese, while offering advice to the Archbishop in matters concerning the Black Catholic Community.

OBCM Events


September 17, 2016   Gospel Music Festival (The Historic Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA 70016)

November 5, 2016   Black Saints Celebration  (St. Katharine Drexel Chapel on Xavier University of Louisiana Campus)

  January 16, 2017   Martin Luther King Day On, Not Off 

March 4, 2017   National Black Catholic Congress: Day of Reflection (Xavier University of Lousiana in the University Center’s Ball Room)

April 28-30, 2017  Habari Gani #9 (St. Augustine Retreat Center, Bay St. Louis, MS)

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"MARK YOUR CALENDARS – THE NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC CONGRESS 12 (NBCC XII) is scheduled for July 6-9, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida. More information to come as it is received."  

Congress XII Theme: "The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Us: Act Justly, Love Tenderly, and Walk Humbly with your God."


                                                       Black Shepherds 


"The Archdiocese of New Orleans Mass Gospel Choir Following the Ordination of Bishop Fernand Cheri III at St. Louis Cathedral"