February marks Black History Month. Friar Douglas McMillan shares the stories of some hidden figures from Black Catholic history in his podcast series on Franciscan Voice. In this episode, he talks about Venerable Pierre Toussaint – a devout Catholic philanthropist and former slave from Haiti. Venerable Pierre Toussaint earned enough as a hairdresser to free others from slavery and support Catholic charities in New York City. He never stopped working to help others, until his death in 1853.
As we continue to recognize the contributions of Black Americans in the Catholic Church. The Franciscan Spirit Blog has an insightful post highlighting six Black women and men of faith who have each left a deep and lasting legacy in the Christian tradition. You can read the full article here: Celebrating Black History Month