As we conclude Black History Month this February 2021, join with The Passionist Historical Archives and take a look back to 1952 to recall the Passionist ministry with American Black Catholics.


In 1952, publication of Passionist Centenary in America 1852 to 1952, included the page, (seen above), which emphasized what was then called the Dixieland Missions. St. Paul of the Cross (eastern province) staffed parishes in Washington, New Bern and Greenville, North Carolina. At the same time, Holy Cross Province staffed parishes in Fairfield and Ensley, which is part of the city of Birmingham, Alabama. What might this photo still teach us about the ongoing legacy of American Catholicism, Black Catholics, race relations and Passionist spirituality that still speaks to us in 2021.