Thursday, January 31, 2013

Former Baptist Now Jesuit In Training Heads Black Catholic Seminarians Group

National Catholic Reporter has a short but informative piece on the new Lorenzo Herman, a Jesuit scholastic,  who is the president of the National Black Catholic Seminarians Association. Jesuit scholastic has full plate as head of black seminarians' group

Here is a part :

Herman said people ask him about the organization, "Why do they call it 'black' and not 'African-American'?" His answer: "This organization represents black men of African descent who were born and raised here or came from Africa, Latin America, or the Caribbean. So that's been a very rich and exciting experience for me, especially since I went to Africa for the first time last summer. ... So when I go to meetings ... it expands what it means to have a black identity."

The group has 65 members, but its leaders believe there are 150 black seminarians in the United States.

This is a probably a good focus. With immigration patterns it seems that aiding new waves of Immigrants or from immigrant families in a vocation to a Priesthood is very good thing. In fact it seem it is an area that has a lot of potential for the entire Church in the United States.


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