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Founder of Diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry dies at age 75

Founder of Diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry dies at age 75

Sister Rita Washington, SFCC July 1, 1943 – August 13, 2018

Sister Rita Washington, a native of Mobile, Alabama, and a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, died at a local hospital in Montgomery on Monday, Aug. 13. Sister Rita served in the Diocese of Birmingham at St. Martin de Porres Church and School in Gadsden for three years and in Birmingham as the founder and Diocesan Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministry for eight years. 

While in Birmingham she served…

St. Stephen the Martyr University Chapel announces new Mass times

The new Mass times for 2018-1019 school year will be  Sundays at 10 a.m., 8 p.m. (previously 5 p.m.). Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (previously Wednesdays). New schedule is effective Sunday, Aug. 26.

All new and returning students of UAB, Samford, and BSC, please visit before school begins. 

If you have already finished college and would like a chance to connect with fellow alumni and to support Catholic formation for students, consider joining the Alumni Association online at


Learning to see as God sees

Learning to see as God sees

By Christina Semmens

It’s summer, and the “Summer Reading Lists” are making their rounds. For me, I am always excited to see what is on the various reading lists, because I am a reader. A voracious one, in fact. I know this may seem a bit archaic in our movie, TV, and YouTube video dominated world, but I have never found anything more deeply satisfying than a good book. 

Now the words of a great book linger with me for…

Year of St. Joseph Plenary Indulgence

Year of St. Joseph Plenary Indulgence

We have now received the details of the Plenary Indulgence for the Year of St. Joseph that the Holy Father has granted to the Diocese. Like with the foregoing Marian year, shrines for gaining this indulgence may be designated throughout the diocese by Bishop Baker. The initial list of approved shrines is: St. Joseph Church in Huntsville, St. Joseph Church in Florence, St. Joseph Church in Ensley (Birmingham), the Cathedral of St. Paul, the chapel of St. John Vianney Residence…

Year of St. Joseph

Prayer To Saint Joseph for vocations

O glorious St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, behold, the great need for priests and consecrated religious here in the Diocese of Birmingham!

Help the good men and women whom God is calling to respond promptly and courageously to His call. During this Year dedicated to you, obtain for us many holy vocations. Take from our number those needed for the Lord’s service!

Graciously hear and answer our prayer through the love you…

Year of St. Joseph Pastoral Letter

My Dear Friends in Christ:

Greetings in the Risen Lord!

The Marian Year that we have been observing (May 13, 2017 – May 13, 2018) has been a time of grace for our diocese, encouraging us all to draw near to Our Lady and experience her motherly care. I would like to express my gratitude to our priests and deacons and the people of all the places that I designated as Marian Shrines for this year, for their efforts to…

Thank You, Bishop Foley! His Last Days Spent Saying ‘Thank You’ to Everyone

By Bishop Robert J. Baker

Bishop David E. Foley’s death on Tuesday, April 17th, at 7:0l p.m. culminated a life totally given over in service to God and the People of God. One could say that he literally died with his boots on! He had been in active ministry, celebrating Masses right up to the end.

The beginning of the end came for him with a phone call from Bishop Foley to me on Sunday, February 25th, after he had…

Arrangements announced

Bishop Foley’s body will be received at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, 2120 3rd Avenue, North, in Birmingham on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. 

Following reception of the body, prayers will be held on the hour until 6:30 p.m. A Rosary will begin at 4 p.m., led by Father Kevin Bazzel. At 6:30 p.m., Bishop Robert J. Baker, current bishop of the Birmingham diocese, will preside over the Vesper service. 

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday,…

Bishop Emeritus David Foley dies at 88

Beloved Bishop Emeritus David Edward Foley, third bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, peacefully passed away at the St. John Vianney Residence for Priests in Birmingham, Alabama surrounded by friends at 7:01 p.m on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 88. 

Bishop Foley was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 3, 1930. In 1934 his father was appointed Assistant Attorney General of the United States of America and the family moved to Washington, D.C., where he attended…

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