First-Ever African American Catholic Cardinal to Lead Black History Celebration

The first-ever African American Catholic Cardinal in the history of the Catholic Church will preside over a Black History Month celebration at Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church on January 29th, 2023. 


His Eminence, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, will celebrate mass at the church to highlight the contributions of Black Catholics in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee and to American Roman Catholicism more generally. 


Bishop William Wack of the diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee will also participate in the celebration.


A concert by the Eglin Brotherhood Gospel Choir will accompany the mass celebration. 

Who is Cardinal Gregory?

His Eminence Wilton Cardinal Gregory is one of the highest-ranking members of the Catholic Church in America – and its first-ever Black Cardinal. 

Cardinal Gregory is the Archbishop of Washington D.C. and the Chancellor of Catholic University of America. 

Cardinal Gregory was born in Chicago and became a priest there. He was then made the Bishop of Belleville, Illinois – the area around Scott Air Force Base. 

After serving as a bishop – Cardinal Gregory was elevated to his current level within the church. There are only 11 Cardinals in the United States. 

Cardinal Gregory is known for his advocacy for social justice and his attempts to reconcile the church with its past sexual abuse scandals.

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His Eminence Wilton Cardinal Gregory will celebrate a Black History Mass Bluewater Bay's Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church at the end of January.

Event Details

⛪️Black History Month Mass

📍1028 White Point Road Niceville, Fl 32578

🗓January 29th


🎶Eglin Brotherhood Gospel Choir

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