Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Struggles Against Racism Portrayed in Documentary About Black Catholic Priests
During the week of Monday, June 15th a documentary named “Enduring Faith” will air on CatholicTV. This documentary portrays the struggle to establish an African American clergy in the American Catholic Church. The documentary is narrated by Emmy Award-Winning actor Andre Braugher, an African American who played roles in the movies “City of Angels”, “Glory”, and “Rise of the Silver Surfer”.
"Enduring Faith" tells of the courage and ultimate despair of early black Josephite priests and the pivotal role of Rome in forcing the American Church to open its doors to blacks. The Society of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, known as Josephites, is based in Baltimore, MD.
Andre Braugher stated, “I've always found the spiritual struggle of black Catholics to be a fascinating one, but I never knew the breadth and depth of their history in America until I became involved in this project." He went on to say, "It sharpens for me the debt of gratitude that today's black Catholics owe to what are in essence the pioneers of black Catholicism."
Enduring Faith, produced by Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo, received major funding from the Catholic Communication Campaign of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.
During the week of Monday, June 15th, “Enduring Faith” will air at the following times (Eastern): Tuesday-11:30AM; Wednesday-5AM; Friday-8AM; Sunday 10:30PM.