- Sep 24, 2020
Bishop Shelton Fabre, Bishop of the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese, decided to celebrate the special Mass in Thibodaux on Thursday after learning that the city had declared the day “1887 Memorial Day,” honoring 30 to 60 people killed Nov. 23, 1887 to end a strike by sugar plantation workers.
After its opening five-night run at various parishes in Oregon in October, “Tolton: From Slave to Priest” – a play about Father Augustus Tolton, the first recognized African-American priest in the United States – headed to Chicago and several other Illinois cities.
In the wake of Saturday’s carnage in Charlottesville, Virginia, it’s clearer than ever that American society desperately needs help on race. The Catholic Church has unique resources to deploy, but it can’t afford to allow its own African-American community and leadership to remain “invisible”, as one African-American bishop recently described it.
Born into slavery in the 19th century and later the servant of a wealthy white socialite in Denver, Julia Greeley is now a candidate for sainthood. Despite her own difficult circumstances, in part the result of being caught up in a soap opera divorce involving the Colorado governor, she gave everything she had to serve the poor and to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.