Members of the Sister Thea Bowman Diocese of Rockville Centre choir sing at last year’s Black History Month Mass. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)


In honor of Black History Month, the Rockville Centre Office of Multicultural Diversity/Catholics of African Ancestry and Haitian American Apostolate Ministry and the Brooklyn Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns invite all to join a revival with Rev. Freddy Washington, CSSp,  pastor of St. Mark the Evangelist in Harlem.

The revival’s theme is: “An Instigator of Peace.”  It will be held on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Brigid R.C. Church, 75 Post Avenue, Westbury and Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 108-43 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica.

On Sunday, February 14, Bishop Fernand J. Cheri III, OFM, will preach at the annual concelebrated Black History Month Mass of Thanksgiving  at the Immaculate Conception Center, 7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, at 4 p.m. Music will be led by the Sister Thea Bowman/Diocese of Rockville Centre Mass Choir.

Bishop Cheri, an auxiliary  of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a Franciscan Friar of the St. Louis Province, ordained for 37 years. He is an archivist of Black religious Music with over 4,800 recordings of gospel music with books and files of gospel music. He wrote “Songs of the Soul and the Soil: the History of Black Religious Music”; compiled two 9-volume Gospel Music Discographies; and numerous articles and contributions to books.  He is the convener of Go Down Moses Retreats for African American Young Men and worked with Kujenga Youth Leadership in Chicago and the St. Louis/Belleville area. He is a revivalist and preacher whose testimony is “My grace is enough for you, for in weakness power reaches perfection” (2Cor 12:9).

Father Freddy Washington,  a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), is the former pastor of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Ambrose parishes in Chicago. He is an associate professor of Pastoral Theology at Xavier University in New Orleans and an adjunct Instructor of Pastoral Theology at Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, a Master of Divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, a Master of Theology from Xavier University in New Orleans and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His many years of working in multicultural settings have offered him unique insight into the opportunities and challenges of discovering our true selves, drawing on all of our cultural gifts to become who we most authentically are.

For information contact: Rockville Centre Office of Multicultural Diversity at 516-678-5800, x 239