Exploring Black Catholic History


Earlier this year, Bishop O'Connell High School religion teacher David Owens, organized a field trip to Washington to visit three historic African-American Catholic churches: Holy Comforter–St. Cyprian, St. Teresa of Avila and Our Lady of Perpetual Help. In all, 145 students participated.

Student correspondent, Gabriel Turrisi '17, shared more information about this learning experience in the Arlington Catholic Herald. Read the complete story HERE...

This past week, a second trip took a group of students to explore black Catholic history in Baltimore. Included in their visit were presentations at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Mary's Seminary and Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent.

Pictured above: Msgr. Raymond Gerard East, pastor of St. Teresa of Avila in Washington D.C., shares the history of his church and congregation with O'Connell students.

Pictured below: Students gathered for a photo at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore.