Black History Month activities for Catholic families


Here in the midwest, February is the dead of winter, the very armpit of the cold and dreariness. February brings us Valentine’s Day, but it’s also Black History Month. We’re reminded of that in many ways in the wider culture…but do we take time to consider the Catholic side of Black History Month?

Here are a few ideas for making Black History Month an opportunity for learning and sharing about our rich Catholic traditions with your family.

Pray together

It wouldn’t be hard to adapt this prayer service for Black History Month from Today’s Catholic Teacher for your family, religious education class, or small group.

I was also delighted to find this Black Catholic Rosary via the USCCB. (Link opens a PDF file.) Each set of mysteries has a theme and each decade builds on that theme. There’s a special prayer for each mystery. Praying this rosary is a beautiful way to learn and reflect on Black History.

Learn about Black Catholics

The National Black Catholic Congress has put together a great snapshot of 16 black saints.  Take a look at this list:

  • St. Anthony the Great of Thebes
  • St. Antonio Vieira
  • St. Augustine
  • St. Benedict the Moor
  • St. Bessarion
  • Sts. Felicitas & Perpetua
  • St. Josephine Bakhita
  • St. Katharine Drexel
  • St. Martin de Porres
  • St. Monica
  • St. Moses, the Black
  • St. Peter Claver
  • Sts. Valentine & Dubatatius
  • St. Victoria

You’ll also find short biographies of Black Catholics here.

Here’s a short video for you to learn more about the people of African descent who are on the path to sainthood:

Have time in the car? What about an audio drama download? St. Luke Productions has a download available that tells the story of Fr. Tolton, who went from slave to priest.

This is a complete audio performance by actor Jim Coleman. It takes you through the experience of Augustus Tolton’s escape from slavery, his struggle to become a priest, his courage in the face of persecution, and his triumph in the face of death.

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