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The Josephite Pastoral Center

The Josephite Pastoral Center provides resources and services fostering positive attitudes and appreciation toward race, particularly blackness. Our goal is to make concrete what Pope Paul VI stated, “The gift of blackness must enrich the Church.”

It has been our experience that not only is there a need to appreciate blackness, but understanding and appreciation of all diversity is crucial so that the true pluralism of society can be celebrated and the richness of creation recognized.

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The Josephites are dedicated to work, live, give and share – in the African American community – all that God has taught through His Church and the life of his Son, Jesus Christ. We need your support to continue this important mission. Please consider donating to the Josephites today.

The Winter Harvest is here!


Open this edition of The Harvest to follow the Christmas journey.

Take a look at the Josephite archives on display in the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.

“My sense of the value of the Josephites’ service to the church goes way back.” Hear Cardinal Daniel DiNardo’s long history with our society.

Click here to read the full issue of the Josephite Harvest.

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The Josephites now have new phone numbers and a new address! Please update your records!

Thank you!


A Call to Prayer and Action

Statement by the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC)

Baltimore, 13 July 2016: The National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) joins the nation in mourning over the tragedies in Baton Rouge, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, and Dallas last week. As we commend to the Lord those who have died, we pray for the consolation of all who are grieving.

It is important for Black Catholics to contribute to the ongoing national conversation about the underlying issues which have existed for too long. These issues include racism, inequality, poverty, and violence. During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we must be signs of God’s love which promotes justice. Justice promotes right relationships, which includes upholding the dignity of human life.

The NBCC invites Black Catholics and all people of good will to join in a time of prayer and action. We believe in the power of prayer. We also believe that we must cooperate with how God will answer our prayers. HENCE, THE NBCC ASKS YOU TO JOIN US IN OFFERING THIS PRAYER FROM MONDAY, JULY 18TH TO MONDAY, AUGUST 15TH:
O God, who gave one origin to all peoples
and willed to gather from them one family for yourself,
fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love
and kindle in them a desire
for the just advancement of their neighbor,
that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all,
each human person may be brought to perfection,
every division may be removed,
and equity and justice may be established in human society.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. 
– Collect, Votive Mass for the Progress of Peoples,
The Roman Missal

In addition, Friday is a day of penance for Catholics throughout the year. During this same period, we invite Black Catholics to make a sacrifice of your choosing on Fridays to accompany our prayers for justice with acts of reparation.

National Black Catholic Congress, Inc. July 13, 2016

Read the Summer Harvest!

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In this issue of The Harvest, we celebrate 10 Josephite Jubilarians and their 375 years of service.

Review the success of this year’s Josephite Pastoral Center’s National Black Catholic Convocation.

“We also know that violence, just like other diseases, can be interrupted, can be prevented and can be treated.” A Baltimore Josephite parish reduces gun violence by becoming the new site of Safe Streets Baltimore.

A great ‘thank you’ to all of our donors. See which states are home to Josephite donors, and how you can make contributions.

Click here to read the full issue of the Josephite Harvest.

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Celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Do you know why the Josephites are called St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart?

It’s because, inspired by Saint Joseph, the Josephites have a very special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is June 3 and you are invited to help the Josephites prepare for this great feast.

The Josephites are Pro-Life and Pro-Family. Saint Joseph protected his family when they fled to Egypt as the Holy Innocents were being slaughtered in Nazareth. Today more than ever, we need this protection against the attacks against human life. And you can help!

As you know, there are many attacks against life – abortion, euthanasia, immoral stem cell research and the death penalty – that take place every day. During the month of June, you are invited to join the Josephites in prayer to make reparation for these sins against life. Every life is sacred. Every human life is made in the image and likeness of God. Every human life deserves our respect and protection. With your help, we can build a culture of life.

The mission of the Josephites is to minister in the African-American community. Since 1871, Josephites have evangelized in black parishes and schools. Currently, we staff 42 parishes and 7 schools. We have 27 men preparing for priesthood. Some of our elderly and infirmed priests, who have served those in need for years, are now in need themselves. Your prayerful support is greatly needed. Without you, we could not achieve the work that God has given to us. Your generosity enables us to serve the inner-city and rural parishes.

In June, the Josephites will pray in Reparation for Offenses Against Life. We will pray that the unjust acts against life – “God’s most precious gift” – will stop. You can add your prayer intentions to ours as we make reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by clicking here.

You also can support the Josephites by making a donation. Your contribution will allow us to continue to promote pro-life and pro-family values where we serve. Together, with prayer and your support, we will work to make the world a better place. Won’t you join us in this worthy cause?

May good Saint Joseph intercede for you and all your special intentions. You can be assured that we Josephites will be praying through the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for all your special needs and intentions.

Jubilarian Anniversary


Congratulations to the Josephite Jubilarians who celebrated their Anniversaries at the Josephite Seminary on May 3. Thank you for your years of service!

Fr. Brady, SSJ (65 years), Fr. Carroll, SSJ (50 years), Fr. Healy, SSJ (40 years), Fr. Brett, SSJ (40 years), Fr. Andrus, SSJ (40 years), Fr. Fest, SSJ (40 years), Fr. Armstrong, SSJ (25 years), Fr. Burden (25 years), Fr. Campion, SSJ (25 years), Fr. Fox, SSJ (25 years).

The Spring Harvest is here!