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Cardinal Wilton Gregory - Mass for the Black Catholic Theological Symposium

Sat Oct 9, 2021
Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., presides and preaches at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart for a Eucharist (Mass) concluding the 31st Annual Meeting of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. Find the pamphlet for the liturgy here: This Vigil Mass for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time will highlight the gift of African American sacred song in Catholic liturgy, calling all to heed the call offered to the rich young man in Mark’s gospel to give up every attachment — temporal, spiritual, and social — and follow Jesus as he remakes the world anew. The Black Catholic Theological Symposium (, founded in 1978, seeks to foster an ethical community of scholarly dialogue characterized by a commitment to the fundamental humanity of all people; a regard for plurality of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds; and the development of an authentically Black and Catholic theology. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart serves as the mother church of the Congregation of Holy Cross in the United States. It is in the Basilica that Holy Cross religious profess final vows, that seminarians are ordained priests and where deceased religious are commended to God. Likewise, it is a place of worship and prayer for students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as for regular worshipers, pilgrims and countless visitors. This event and the Annual Meeting of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium at the University of Notre Dame ( have been sponsored byDepartment of Africana Studies Department of Theologyand co-sponsored byCollege of Arts and Letters Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Henkels Lecture Fund Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism Campus Ministry Initiative on Race and Resilience Institute for Advanced Study McGrath Institute for Church Life