This afternoon I received the following press release from the Office for Communications of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois:
DECATUR - A revival hosted by the Black Catholic Commission of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12 and 7 p.m. Monday, March13 at St. Patrick Church, 407 East Eldorado St., Decatur, IL. This event is open to the public in an effort to raise awareness and share the cultural heritage of African-Americans and Africans in the Church.
Fr. David Jones, pastor of St. Benedict the African–East Parish, Chicago is the guest speaker for both evenings. Fr. Jones grew up in the Chicago area and was a member of St. Cecilia Parish. He attended Bradley University, and completed his bachelor degree at Grambling University. Fr. Jones spent some time in the corporate world before realizing that his heart was directed towards God and serving people. Fr. Jones’ motto is “To God Be the Glory!” Sunday evening’s topic, “Why I Came to Church” will feature the African Ensemble Choir. Monday evening is “Why I Remain in Church” with music provided by a composite of choir members from Catholic churches in Decatur.
This revival is a continuation of a revival project started by Fr. Ferdinand Cheri, former member of the diocesan Black Catholic Commission. Fr. Cheri has since been appointed an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The goals of the revival are: to share the Word of God through the lens of the black culture for all members of the community; to support evangelization of black youth and young adults; for liturgical efforts of the Black Catholic Commission; and to promote an outreach to African-Americans and Africans within the diocesan boundaries.
Donna Moore, Director for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois wants everyone to feel welcomed to attend. “It will be an enriching experience for everyone. Please come and be blessed,” said Moore.