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USC Provincial Notes
March 4, 2008
Black Catholics in Chicago
|00:18:18 TZ; Leap of faith: Nearly 100 years ago, one Chicago parish modeled a relationship between Blacks and the Catholic Church that brought light to both. V; St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church. I; Rev. Richard Andrus, SVD, pastor, St. Elizabeth's, says the bishop at that time also wanted people to understand that black Catholics could attend any church that they wanted to but didn't want white Catholics coming in and taking over their church. I; Patrick Pender, St. Elizabeth's Alumnus and teacher, says those nuns pushed me. 00:23:02
This internet link will be live until March 20. We hope to obtain a DVD for the Archives, and may be able to place the video clip on the Chicago Province website.
We applaud Rick Andrus and the community at Saint Elizabeth’s, rejoice in the SVD’s long history in the Black Catholic community, and commend ALL those ministering in our parishes among immigrants or with the poor.
Mark E. Weber, SVD