National black Catholic leaders gather in Mount Laurel

National black Catholic leaders gather in Mount Laurel

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From Thursday, Sept. 15 to Saturday, Sept. 17, national Black Catholic leaders gathered at the Doubletree Hotel in Mount Laurel for the annual National Association of Black Catholic Administrators. Above, Bishop Dennis Sullivan celebrates the Friday morning Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago, left. Below, NABCA members. Photos by James A. McBride, above, and Peter G. Sánchez, below

From Thursday, Sept. 15 to Saturday, Sept. 17, national Black Catholic leaders gathered at the Doubletree Hotel in Mount Laurel for the annual National Association of Black Catholic Administrators. Above, Bishop Dennis Sullivan celebrates the Friday morning Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago, left. Below, NABCA members.
Photos by James A. McBride, above, and Peter G. Sánchez, below

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MOUNT LAUREL — James E. Andrews, director of Black Catholic Ministry for the Diocese of Camden, was elected president of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators (NABCA) at its annual meeting here at the DoubleTree Hotel, held from Sept. 15-17.

NABCA is dedicated to ministry among African-Americans within the Catholic Church and to the growth in African-American leadership and participation in the church.

During the conference, black Catholic leaders from around the nation addressed the needs, issues and concerns of African American communities.

“We come together face to face,” said Johnnie Dorsey, director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministry in the Diocese of Austin, Texas. “We all have great gifts and ideas to share.”

The opening Mass of the conference, on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 15, was celebrated by Bishop Dennis Sullivan at the hotel. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry of Chicago concelebrated.

“We pool our talents to help Black Catholics in our dioceses to be of greater service to them,” he said.

Since August 2015, Andrews has served as Secretary of NABCA.

“Certainly I am pleased that my peers from around the United States have confidence in me and voted me as their organizational leader,” said Andrews of assuming the role of president. “I look forward in moving the organization forward and helping all the (arch)dioceses grow. The confidence, trust and faith the membership has demonstrated in me will be my motivation.”

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