The Office of Multicultural Diversity, Catholics of African Ancestry – Haitian American Apostolate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre presents the 34th Annual Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of Black History Month on Saturday, February 7, the eve of the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita.

Mass will be celebrated at St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre at 2 p.m.  Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski will be the main celebrant and Father Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R., D.Min. will be the homilist.

Father Nutt’s retreats, revivals, missions, and lectures are always overflowing with people hungry for the Word of God and eager and ready to be inspired, loved and a part of a joyful celebration. He specializes in preaching, evangelization, African American culture, spirituality, community and Church development. He has received numerous awards and citations for his leadership and civic efforts. Father Nutt earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis; a Master of Theology Degree from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana; a Master of Divinity Degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Communication from Holy Redeemer College in Waterford, Wisconsin. In June of 2001, he completed a Leadership Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Additionally, Father Nutt served as Pastor of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Memphis from 2005-2011. From 2011-2014, he was a full-time preaching evangelist as a member of the Redemptorist Mission Preaching Team based in Chicago. He is now the Director of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies and the Drexel Society Endowed Professor of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.