African and African American Ministry

African Ministry Commission

Mission Statement

The National Association of African Catholics in the United States (NAACUS) as an umbrella Association of African Catholics, affiliated with the Bishops Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church/Pastoral Care of Migrants Refugees and Travelers of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and dedicated to primarily serve African Catholics in the United States, seeks to engage, support, nurture, build communities of African Catholics, give direction and promote their spiritual well-being while liaising, coordinating and involving all African Catholics to maximize their charisms as a faith and worship Community in the United States. 


Annual African Catholic Thanksgiving Bazaar

An annual event held in October or November of each year.  It is sponsored by the African Commission of the Office of Cultural Diversity in The Diocese of Buffalo. In some parts of Africa, people are asked to give a gift from the heart in thanksgiving to God for the blessing of the harvest. This gift is brought to the Bazaar where they are blessed at the Liturgy and later auctioned off at the bazaar. Money collected from the auction is given toward a need in their village, community or church.  The bazaar also provides the opportunity for a taste of Africa. For $5.00 and $3.00 for adults and children, you can enjoy an all you can eat buffet consisting of authentic cuisines from Nigeria, Congo, Rwanda, Sudan and Liberia. There is live entertainment which includes professional African drumming and dancing. 

The great Apostle St. Paul boasted about the power of generous gifts and cheerful giving in the second letter to Corinthians 9: 1-15: "Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.  As it is written:  "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;  his righteousness endures forever."   All are invited to this great celebration.

African Thanksgiving Retreat
African Family Day
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 1:00 PM
African Thanksgiving Mass
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM
African Thanksgiving Bazaar & Celebration
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 11:30 PM- 2:30 PM

Holy Cross

345 7th St., Buffalo, NY 14201

Celebrant: Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Th. D.

Homilist: Reverend Moses Ikwuelogbon


African All Saints Day

An annual Mass will take place on November 1st of each year in one of the parishes. It is a celebration with an emphasis given to African and African American Saints. All are invited to this celebration. This celebration is co-sponsored by the African and African American Commissions.   

African Prayer Service for The Peace in South Sudan

Please join us as we pray for the Sudanese and the civil war currently ensuing in South Sudan. 

African American Commission

Mission Statement

To address the social, economic and spiritual concerns of all persons of African and African American ancestry. To promote leadership, foster evangelization and address issues of racial injustice through the emphasis of family and education programs and come up with a Black Pastoral Plan. 


The Office of Cultural Diversity and the African American Commission is sponsoring a Reunion of all students of Catholic Schools in the City of Buffalo.   If you attended one of the former Catholic Schools (St. Francis De Salle, St. Mary of Sorrows, Turner Carroll, St. Columba, St. Mary on Broadway, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Nicholas, Diocesan Educational Campus (DEC),  St. Vincent De Paul, St. Mary Magdalene, Bishop Fulton, Mount St. Joseph Academy, St. Francis in Athol Springs, Sacred Heart Academy, St. Ann's and Bishop Carroll Elementary or High School.   We are looking to see if you would want to be on the committee to work on this reunion.   If you are interested in planning it, you are invited to come to a meeting on April 23, 2019, from 7:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Catholic Center, 795 Main Street.  We are thinking of having the reunion sometime in July of 2019 but are open to dates you may come up with.    If interested in coming to the meeting and being part of this committee RSVP by April 17, 2019, please contact Milagros Ramos at 716 847-2217 or email her at Or speak to any of the African American Commission members.


Senior Retreat 2019


Place: St. Anthony's Church, 306 Ingham Ave. Lackawanna, NY 14218
Time: 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
For more information, call the Office of Cultural Diversity
Tel. 716-847-2217

Tolton Play: From Slave to Priest
Date & Time: 
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Mass Celebration 

Held annually at one of the various parishes throughout the Diocese. It takes place on the Sunday before the actual National Martin Luther King Jr. observance. The Celebrant for our Martin Luther King Jr. Mass is our Bishop and we have a different guest homilist each year. Included in the Mass is the handing out of the Scholarships to the recipients of the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and the Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship. The Mass is followed by a reception and Theme basket auction. All are welcome!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service - Each year on the day of the observance of the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day our Diocese invites all parishes and schools to join in a Day of Service. All are welcome to participate in this day by either service or providing a place in which we can serve.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship was established in 1987 to help an 8th-grade student in attaining a Catholic High School Education. 

The African American Commission through its Scholarship Committee, awards scholarships to 8th-grade students for continuing their education in a Catholic High School.  Our goal is to support our recipients so they may continue to serve in their churches, in their communities and in their world.            

Applicants for this award must meet the criteria stated below.

To be eligible for the Scholarship Program applicants must:

1. Be actively involved in their parish/church, (religion classes, retreats, parish or diocesan activities, youth group, lector, altar server, etc.)

2. Engage in service at the parish/church, school and in their communities.

3. The applicant shall have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (high school cumulative). A current official transcript must be sent to The Office of Cultural Diversity, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203.

4. Be a member of an ethnic minority group.

5. Applicants must have received three (3) Reference forms by November 15th, 2019 at least one of which must be written by a parish/church staff member. This form cannot be written by persons related to the applicant. They must be completed by guidance counselors, teachers, community leaders, neighbors, etc.

6. To be considered for this scholarship, please COMPLETE and SUBMIT pages 3 & 4 and respond to the following questions. Your responses should be typed, not to exceed 1 page double spaced using a 12 point font.

7. Must be available to attend the award ceremony that will take place at St. Martin de Porres Church in Buffalo, on January 19, 2020 at 10:00 A. M.

Click on the link below for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship application:

/documents//MLK Sch App 2020.pdf

/documents//MLK Day Of Service 2020.pdf


Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship 

The Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 through a bequest of the estate of Albert M. Lenhard.   The Scholarship was developed to assist applicants who wanted to continue their formal education beyond high school at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

To be eligible for the Scholarship the candidate will have to be residing in the geographic boundaries of the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo: (Blessed Trinity, SS Columba Brigid, St. Ann, St. Katherine Drexel, St. Lawrence and St. Martin De Porres).

The Lenhard Scholarship fund is administered by the pastor of St Martin De Porres in collaboration with the African American Commission of the Diocese of Buffalo and the director of the Office of Cultural Diversity.  This Scholarship is awarded annually.

The completed application and the Personal Statement Essay should be sent to the Office of Cultural Diversity, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14203 to the attention of Milagros Ramos, by December 6, 2019.

An e-mail confirmation will be sent to verify receipt of your application.

The recipient of the award will be asked to come if possible and to receive the award at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration that will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Martin de Porres

Thank you for your interest.


Reverend Peter Ekanem

Administrator Lenhard Family Scholarship Fund

The Albert Lenhard, St. Matthews, St. Martin de Porres Scholarship Fund
555 Northampton Street, Buffalo, New York 14208
Tel. 716-883-7729

/documents//Lenhard Sch App 2020.pdf

/documents//Lenhard Sch Letter 2020 Final.pdf


Revival 2019 "Revive | Refresh | Renew"

Every other year, the years ending in an odd number the Diocesan African American Commission sponsors a three day Revival. It gives parishioners an opportunity for spiritual enrichment and opportunity to invite their friends and family who don't usually come to church. Speakers are brought in from across the United States to be the speakers for the Revival. All are welcome to come!  

Scripture Study, Past, Present and Future

Scripture Study English Pamphlet.pdf


 Bishop Fernand J. Cheri

Oridination of New African American Priest to Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans


 NBCC XII Day of Reflection

Every five years the National Black Catholic Congress takes place. The year before each Congress each diocese is asked to have a Congress Day of Reflection to go over the theme of the upcoming Congress and also to work towards going to the Congress. 

Mark your calendar: Congress Day of Reflection September 10, 2016.

Buffalo Day of Reflection 2016 Brochure.pdf


NBCC XII: The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me-Act Justly, Love Goodness, and Walk Humbly With Your God.

The National Black Catholics Congress XII July 6-July 9, 2017 Orlando, Florida

For more information call our office:  716-847-2217


Who is The NBCC?

We, The National Black Catholic Congress, comprised of member organizations, represent African American Roman Catholics, working in collaboration with National Roman Catholic organizations. We commit ourselves to establish an agenda for the evangelization of African Americans and to improve the spiritual, mental, and physical conditions of African Americans, thereby committing ourselves to the freedom and growth of African Americans as full participants in church and society.

Aware of the challenges, we are committed to evangelizing ourselves, our church and unchurched African Americans, thereby enriching the Church. We hold ourselves accountable to our baptismal commitment to witness and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Other Resources

exec-summary-of African American survey.pdf


African American News Letter 2017.pdf