National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus Elects Officers

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    Church-PewFr. Kenneth Taylor, a priest of the Indianapolis Archdiocese, and Precious Blood Fr. Clarence Williams, who is currently stationed in the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, were elected president and vice president, respectively, of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus.

    Elections took place at the organization’s meeting in Chicago, held during the July 28-Aug. 1 joint conference of the clergy caucus, the National Black Sisters’ Conference, the National Black Catholic Seminarians’ Association and the National Association of Black Catholic Deacons.

    The National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus is an organization based in Montgomery, Ala., that brings together black Catholic priests and religious brothers, and deacons and their wives to provide mutual support and to advocate for the black community.

    Other officers elected at the Chicago meeting were: secretary — Divine Word Father Antoine Leason, currently stationed in the Chicago Archdiocese; treasurer — Deacon Jerry Lett, of the Atlanta Archdiocese; and board members – Marianist Fr. Paul Marshall, currently stationed in the St. Louis Archdiocese; Deacon Larry Chatman, of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif.; Redemptorist Fr. Maurice Nutt, currently stationed in the Chicago Archdiocese; and Fr. Norman Fischer, of the Diocese of Lexington, Ky.Others elected include: deacon representative – Deacon Joseph Connor, of the Seattle Archdiocese; and religious brother representative, Friar Douglas McMilan, a Conventual Franciscan who is currently stationed in the Baltimore Archdiocese. Also elected was Mark Bristol as president of the National Black Catholic Seminarians’ Association, an affiliate of the clergy caucus.

    During the joint conference, more than 200 black priests, deacons, women religious and seminarians joined community members the evening of July 29 for a march for nonviolence in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.

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