Father Russell W. Best, Jr. Obituary
NBCCC’s Response to Recent Passing of Father Lawrence A. Lucas
Father Chester P. Smith, SVD Obituary
FATHER CHESTER SMITH,SVDMay 3, 1961 - April 8, 2020
**Photos by Michael Alexander of Fr. Chester Smith, SVD taken on October 20, 2019 at Lyke House published in an article by OLL’s Smith in Georgia Bulletin.
As a fraternal organization dedicated to the spiritual, theological, educational, and ministerial growth of Black Catholic clergy, religious and seminarians, we serve the people of God — particularly the members of the Black community — in order to more effectively meet their spiritual and social needs.
Formation of NBCCC
In April 1968, amidst a growing sense of Black Nationalism and facing widespread riots and disillusionment in the wake of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., roughly half of the then-150 Black Catholic clergy met separately at the Catholic Clergy Conference on the Interracial Apostolate — the first time the nation’s Black Catholic Clergy had ever gathered as one body.
2019 NBCCC Lifetime Achievement Award
2019 NBCCC Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Brother Roy Smith, C.S.C.
- National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus
- Pan African Roman Catholic Clergy Caucus (PARCCC)
- Black Catholic History Month (November)
- Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University, New Orleans
- National Black Catholic Seminarians Association (NBCSA)
- National Association of African American Catholic Deacons (now National Association of Black Catholic Deacons, NABCD)
- National Office for Black Catholics (NOBC)
- Black Catholic Theological Symposium
- Declaration on Racism in the Catholic Church
- Black Catholic Men of God
- Black Unity and Spiritual Togetherness (B.U.S.T.)
- National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life (NBCAL)
- Ambassadors of the Word
- Rebirth of the National Black Catholic Congress