The Black Catholic Commission was established in 2011 in the Diocese of St. Petersburg for the purpose of supporting the Bishop in providing spiritual, cultural, and social nourishment to Catholics of African descent, thereby facilitating their enrichment within the diocese and encouraging them to participate more fully in the life and activities of the Church.
• To serve as a vehicle to provide spiritual, cultural and social nourishment for Catholics of African descent.
• To promote active involvement in church ministry, religious vocation and leadership among Black Catholics.
• To encourage and support those who minister in the Black Catholic community.
• To implement programs which respond to the needs of Black Catholics and the broader Black community, such as the National Black Catholic Pastoral Plan.
• To encourage and develop Black leadership within the Catholic diocese.
• To act as an agency for community concerns of Blacks.
• To maintain contact and communication with local and national groups which have similar goals.
• To keep the Black Catholic Community up to date on materials and programs and workshops and other local, state and national events as they relate to the broader Catholic Community.
The Acacia Tree is a native to Africa, it is mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Exodus and in the Book of Isaiah. The wood of the tree was used to build the Ark of the Covenant. It is mentioned in Isaiah as a sign of the Messianic restoration in Israel. The Acacia Tree has deep roots, and survives through drought, dryness and famine. It is a strong tree which provides shelter for wild animals from the soaring heat of the sun and it also provides food and nourishment. Since biblical times, the Acacia Tree has been a symbol of stability and resilience. The tree is still found in many areas of Africa and has been a symbol of that land.