Members of the Province and their guests are invited to attend a provincial celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., at St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Md., next month.
The event on Jan. 14 will be celebrated by John O’Connor and deacon Henry Fulmer will be the homilist. David Hyman, chair of HNP’s African-American Committee, urges all ministries to do something to celebrate Dr. King and the holiday, keeping in mind Coretta Scott King’s hope that “we make the time positive, prayerful and with a justice orientation.”
The St. Camillus service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. with a reception following.
The Province’s African-American Committee has been evaluating results of a Provincial survey aimed toward determining the kinds of ministries that are most needed by the African-American community, according to David.
The survey, which was completed by friars earlier this year, will provide information to make friars aware of the ministries where we already serve the African–American community, and where we need to do additional work, David said.
Since the Provincial Council has been looking at possibly establishing new ministries in the Province, we thought traditional African-American ministries ought be in the mix, David said. Today though, he added,many such ministries have a multicultural aspect to them.
“We think in terms of ministries where the African-American culture is celebrated,” he said. “Our committee members are trying to learn if there are friars interested and available to embrace such ministries.”