Black Catholic Spirituality

The Presence of Black Catholics in the Church Today and Tomorrow

This new online certificate program focuses on the concerns of Black Catholics and their unique history, traditions, and voice in the universal Church. The first course in this program begins October 17. An early registration discount is available through October 7. Other financial support options are available. Information is below.

Michael Howard
Lead Faculty and Course Designer Michael Howard

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Sharing Our Distinctive Gift of Blackness with the Catholic Church

Meet Michael Howard
Mr. Howard received his M.A. in Church Ministry/Spirituality at St. Mary’s University Seminary, Ecumenical School of Theology, and holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies at Washington Bible College. Presently, Mr. Howard facilitates and teaches Online courses for the University of Dayton and McGrath Institute STEP Online program for Notre Dame. He loves the spiritual readings of Henri J. M. Nouwen and the mystic Howard Thurman. He is also the founder of Eat the Scroll Ministry, where he began his search and hunger to read and study God’s Word for faith formation with adults. "Eat the Scroll….It is sweet as honey."

General Information

Course and program requirements, schedules and tuition are subject to change; and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. Click here to review all policies prior to enrollment. For additional information, contact the Center at (310) 338-2799 or crs@lmu.edu.

Please note: because this is an online program, enrollment eligibility is dependent on place of residency. Please review these provisions in full before enrolling.

  • Begins:  Monday, October 17, 2022 (course materials available online beginning October 16)

    Enroll:  Registration is open online here or call (310) 338-2799

    Course:  AAMX 920.01, Sharing Our Distinctive Gift of Blackness with the Catholic Church

    Tuition:  $375

    Early Registration Discount:  $35 - Register by Friday, Oct. 7

    Financial Aid Options: 

    • LMU Match:  LMU will match the support of a parish, institution, diocese or archdiocese, or church group up to $125 per student
    • Tuition Assistance:  a need-based partial scholarship, and it can cover up to 50% of the cost of a course; click here to request an application

    Forms of financial aid and the early registration discount can be combined; payment plans are also available.

  • This course meets live via videoconference.

    Course meets Monday evenings, 6:00 - 7:00 PM Pacific time:

    • October 17, 2022
    • October 24
    • October 31
    • November 7
    • November 14
    • November 21

    Course also meets with guest lecturers on two Saturdays, 9:00 - 10:30 AM Pacific time:

    • October 22, 2022 - guest lecturer:  Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, PhD, SThD
    • November 5, 2022 - guest lecturer:  Dr. Ansel Augustine

    Please note:

    • Course materials available online beginning October 16
    • The instructor will email the Zoom link to enrolled students at least one business day before class begins
  • Lead Faculty and Course Designer

    Guest Lecturers

    • Dr. Ansel Augustine
    • Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, PhD, SThD
  • Please refer to the course page in the catalog for required text, class meeting location, and other general information.

    Coursework: AAMX 920 and AAMX 921

    Reading Materials

    For course AAMX 920, all students can download all reading materials and videos online. Dr. Ansel Augustine's book, Leveling the Praying Field - Can the Church we love, love us back?, will be available online through Loyola Marymount University's library.   

    For course AAMX 921, all students can download all reading materials and videos online. Students must purchase the textbook Black Saints on the Road to Sainthood. You can go to the Catholic Company web page to buy a copy for $9.95. 

  • AAMX 920

    Sharing Our Distinctive Gift of Blackness with the Catholic Church

    2.5 Semester Hours

    To evangelize effectively and prophetically as members of the Catholic Church, we have to build on a deep sense of who we are and how Christ impacts each one of us personally.  This first course takes a deep look at our identity as Black Catholics.  This course will examine the presence of Black Catholics Today and Tomorrow in the Catholic Church, building leaders to assist in the life of their parishes. Provided in this course will be historical documents identifying the struggles of the past, along with materials that speak to the life of Black Catholics today, and guest speakers. Using the oral tradition through Zoom meetings, we will also engage discussion boards, videos, and personal journaling.  Participants will encounter a deep awareness of how their gift of Blackness makes the Catholic Church a universal beacon of light.

    Upon completion, participants will be better equipped to evangelize disgruntled Black Catholics who attend church, those unchurched, or those with a broken relationship with God. The readings will lead to a renewing of the mind, a transformative experience where one will say, "Our hearts are burning." Welcome to an enriching course that builds ministry skills concurrently, and affirms who you are, wherever you are, in your spiritual walk with Jesus as Black Catholics.

    Objectives:

    1. Understand the term Black and Catholic
    2. Discern "Nice Racism"
    3. Identify the challenges in sharing your gift with the Church
    4. Build ideas to address racial issues in the Church
    5. Understanding the call to Black Lives Matter

     

    AAMX 921

    Theological Reflection: Living your Calling in Christ!

    2.5 Semester Hours

    The practice of Theological Reflection (TR) is foundational in every Christian’s life. TR is a spiritual movement summoning an individual or group to recognize God’s presence in all occurrences in life. Every day we must respond to God's prompting, similarly to the Psalmist's testimony: "Seven times a day I praise you because your judgments are righteous" (Ps. 119:168). Using TR, this course will examine practical ways that God continues to call Black Catholics to discipleship in the Catholic Church. Provided in this course will be a weekly chart to assist participants in recognizing their own call to ministry, along with that of Bishops, Priests, Nuns, the individuals on the road to Sainthood, guest speakers and other notable leaders in their community. Using the oral tradition through Zoom meetings, we will also engage discussion boards, videos, and personal journaling.  Participants will encounter a deep awareness of knowing the importance of their calling as Black Catholics.

    Upon completion, participants will be better equipped to recognize their calling in Christ Jesus to pick up their cross for justice and love towards their neighbor. The readings will lead us to a renewal of our minds to avoid being timid. As Black Catholics we must respond to the call of Christ, including Pope St. John Paul II’s prophetic message to Black Catholics in 1987: “Dear brothers and sisters: your black cultural heritage enriches the Church and makes her witness of universality more complete.” Hush, Hush! Jesus is calling us today.

    Objectives:    

    1. Understand different theories of TR
    2. Discover methods for carrying out TR
    3. Comprehend the many ways God calls us in ministry