Wednesday November 1, 2006

Honoring Black Catholic History

Black Catholic History Month events will include a liturgical dance workshop and a Mass.

Music and dance will highlight the Mass for Black Catholic History Month at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University of Dayton. The Rev. Paul Marshall, S.M., UD rector, will preside.

A liturgical dance workshop, presented by Kuukua Yomekpe, a UD alumna and a rector at the University of Notre Dame, will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the chapel. All are welcome to participate. Yomekpe will choreograph the dance for the evening's liturgy, and participants will rehearse starting at 5:15 p.m. The workshop is free and includes a light dinner.

Wylie Howell of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cincinnati will direct the choir for the Mass. All are welcome to participate, and rehearsal begins at 4:45 p.m. in the chapel. To participate in either the choir or the dance workshop, contact Emily Strand at or 937-229-5750.

November is recognized in the United States, the Caribbean and parts of Africa and South America as Black Catholic History Month. The University of Dayton has named its celebration in honor of the Rev. Joseph M. Davis, S.M., because of his devotion to building up the African-American community and his life's work for peace and justice for all people.

A native Daytonian and UD graduate, Davis was one of the first African-American Marianists. In 1970, he founded the National Office of Black Catholics and served as its executive secretary until 1977, when he went to Africa to serve as the African Area Superior for the Society of Mary. He died of cancer in 1992.

Contact Father Paul Marshall, S.M., at 937-229-4122.