The Martin de Porres Foundation seeks to empower the African-American/Black Catholic community and encourage black leadership within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Revivals Help Break Up The Winter Doldrums

Philadelphia’s African American Catholic community were revived recently, as hundreds gathered for two faith-based cultural events.

Participants traveled from across the Delaware Valley for the first Sister Thea Bowman Conference held at St. Therese of the Holy Child Jesus Catholic Church on March 4 – 5, 2016. It came on the heels of the two-day Gospel Revival featuring the Revs. Anthony Bozeman and Rayford Emmons at the Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 5200 N. Broad Street. Read More

The National Black Catholic Congress XII
OPEN CALL String Instrumentalists

If you love playing in an orchestra and have a strong desire to share your gift for God’s glory, Tonya Dorsey, The NBCC director of music for Congress XII wants you to be a part of the music liturgy.
Congress XII will be held July 6-9, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Florida.
Because Tonya will be using a string orchestra during the liturgies, she is looking for musicians that play violin, viola, cello and bass. Although most of the music will be made available beforehand, musicians should be able to sight-read on an inter-mediate to advanced level. She is especially looking for volunteer musicians that live in the Orlando area; however anyone is welcome to submit their name. Musi-cians will be chosen to participate based on their ability to read music as well as improvise and their desire to donate their time and talent. College and high school students are welcome. Interested? Read More

B.V.M. Parish’s Sermons in Art Show Divine Mercy at Work 
By Lou Baldwin, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
John Keith White with "Fire of Love and Mercy – Madonna and Child." (Elena Perri) "Jesus Christ is the face of mercy," Pope Francis said in declaring a Year of Mercy that began Dec. 8 and runs through Nov. 20, 2016. "These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him," read in the opening words of the pope’s Bull of Indiction inaugurating the jubilee year. Read More

Elizabeth Clarisse Lange (aka Mother Mary) 
Born cira 1784 - Died February 3, 1882
Elizabeth Clarisse Lange's parents were refugees who fled to Cuba from the revolution taking place in their native Saint Dominque known today as Haiti. Her father was a gentleman of some financial means and social standing. Her mother was a Creole. However, in the early 1800's young Elizabeth left Santiago de Cuba to seek peace and security in the United States. Providence directed her to Baltimore, Maryland where a great influx of French-speaking Catholic San Dominguios refugees were settling. Read More