Patricia Lucas, DHM - Director

The Most Rev. Joseph A. Francis,
an auxiliary bishop of Newark for 19 years, was one of the first black priests in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.

Bishop Francis was born on Sept. 30, 1923, in Lafayette, La. He attended St. Augustine Seminary in Bay St. Louis and St. Mary's Seminary in Techny, Ill. He was ordained in Bay St. Louis on Oct. 7, 1950. He later earned a master's degree at Catholic University in Washington.

His appointment as Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Peter L. Gerety of Newark was announced by Pope Paul VI in 1976.

Bishop Francis joined the board of Catholic Relief Services in 1979, and in 1985 was named chairman of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for Liaison with the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. He also headed the Black Catholic Clergy Caucus in the 1970's.



The mission of the African American, African, & Caribbean Apostolate is to:

DISCOVER and PROMOTE leadership among Roman Catholics of African descent in the Archdiocese of Newark.

ENCOURAGE Fiscal responsibility and self reliance.

EMPOWER young adults to embrace their cultural identity and to refuse to live their lives apart from their Savior Jesus the Christ.

LOVE who we are and to Whom we belong thus striving to eradicate all form of racism and oppression.

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