Black Ministry

Staff Contacts

Michael Sauter
Diocesan Director
Department of Pastoral Services
585-328-3228, ext. 1337
[email protected]


Elizabeth M. Johnston
Coordinator of Life Issues & Cultural Ministries
Department of Pastoral Services
585-328-3228, ext. 1278
[email protected]

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Madonna and Child
Image created by Anthony VanArsdale for the National Black Catholic Congress 2017. (Taken from the NBCC website)


Our Mission

The Office of Cultural Ministries provides resources to enhance growth and development for all Black Catholics in our Diocese, lay as well as religious. Our ultimate aim is the full participation of Catholics of African descent in the life of the Church and the appreciation of their gifts in worship and evangelization.

We accomplish this by:

  • Providing opportunities for evangelization of Black Catholics through programs, workshops and events
  • Collaborating with parishes and other organizations that serve the Black Catholic community
  • Encouraging and providing opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue about race
  • Ministry efforts to be guided by the *NEW* Congress XIII 2023 Pastoral Plan of Action (July 20-23, 2023)


NBCC Congress Pastoral Plans and Diocesan Reports


Resources for Combatting Racism - Visit the Diocesan website

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