The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, will lead a special Mass in honor of the Feast Day of Saint Peter Claver tomorrow, Friday, September 9, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.
Throughout his life, St. Peter Claver cared for African Americans who arrived on slave ships in Cartagena, Colombia by providing them medical care and food. Over the course of his 40-year ministry, it is estimated that he baptized 300,000 slaves.
The Mass will also commemorate the 101st anniversary of the founding of Saint Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church in Bedford Stuyvesant, the first African American Church in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Church was founded by Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn, currently under consideration for sainthood for his efforts to establish racial equality.
Father Alonzo Cox, Coordinator for Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns for the Diocese of Brooklyn, will concelebrate the Mass. The Knights and Ladies Auxiliary of Saint Peter Claver, who work to promote civic and social justice, award scholarships, and nurture youth and family relationships, will be in attendance.
Members of the media are invited to attend and are asked to respond to this e-mail to confirm their attendance.
The Mass will be live-streamed on the Diocesan cable network NET-TV which can be found on Spectrum channel 97, Verizon Fios channel 548 and Optimum channel 30. The mass can also be viewed online at www.netny.tv.