Did you know that the very first African American priests in the United States were three brothers born of a slave mother and fathered by a Georgia plantation owner?
Black Catholic Saints
Did you know that a canonized saint who described herself as “The mother and servant of the Indian and Negro races” helped finance Holy Redeemer Parish and School in Washington DC?
Did you know that even though he was born into a rich, noble family of African descent in Spain, St. Peter Claver chose to spend his life serving the sick and downtrodden in South America?
Did you know that one of the pillars of the Catholic Church, St. Augustine wrote 96 books during his lifetime?
Did you know that the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore is the first and older religious congregation for women of color in the United States?
Did you know that the first African-American priest ever to be ordained in the United States was born and raised in nearby Baltimore, MD, 150 years ago?
Did you know that a former slave who worked as a hairdresser in New York more than two centuries ago is on track to become the first African American man canonized as a saint from the United States?
Did you know that the first African woman to be canonized as a saint by the Church in 21st century lived her entire childhood as a slave?
Did you know that two young African Christian women and three companions were thrown to wild animals and killed for their faith at Carthage in the year 203?
Did you know that the patron saint of southern Germany and parts of France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland, is a man of African origin?