Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
May God bless you! This weekend our parishes will take up the Black and Indian Mission Collection. This collection has proven to be a very successful vehicle for providing for the pastoral needs of our African American, Native American, and Alaskan Native brothers and sisters.
Pope Francis reminds us that everyone is called to evangelize. This collection is a wonderful way to answer the call for us to work as a family to help our brothers and sisters and to share the faith, hope, and love of Jesus Christ.
Your support provides for the presence of missionaries in African American, Native American, and Alaskan Native missions, parishes, schools, religious education programs, and in many diocesan programs and projects that strengthen the work of the Gospel. Your partnership places Bibles and catechetical materials in the hands of priests, consecrated men and women, and lay leaders. Your sacrifice impacts pastoral work across the country and makes possible the training of catechists, permanent deacons, and seminarians for future generations. In 2019, the faithful in the United States donated more than $8.8 million dollars to support these evangelization and ministry programs.
Thank you for considering a gift to this worthy cause. For more information, see www.blackandindianmission.org. You and your families are in my prayers.
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville