Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago Says Black Catholic Spirituality ‘Has a Lot of Hope’

Bishop Joseph Perry, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on African-American Affairs. File photo.

Every year, dioceses across the United States celebrate National Black Catholic History Month, taking time to highlight the unique contributions and history of Africa-American Catholics to American society and the Church.

Parishes, dioceses, schools, and all kinds of Catholic institutions, including the U.S. bishops’ conference, hold special events, make resources available and encourage Catholics from all backgrounds to learn and value better the witness and experience of their Black brothers and sisters.

But as the Church continues its efforts to value the contributions of Black Catholics and work to end the scourge of racism both within the Church and in our wider culture, how can Church leaders ensure Black Catholic History Month isn’t just a calendar event, but something that takes root in the family of faith?

To address those questions The Pillar spoke with Bishop Joseph Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago.

Bishop Perry was born and raised in Chicago before attending St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, the Capuchin’s Seminary of St. Mary in Crown Point, Indiana, and then St. Francis Seminary in St. Francis, Wisconsin.

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Source: The Pillar