The Office of Black Catholic Ministries encourages all members of the Diocese of Columbus to join with the more than 3 million African American Catholics in the United States in learning more about the many contributions Black Catholics have made to the growth and expansion of our faith. Though hardship and discrimination, Catholics of African descent have been throughout our country’s history good and faithful servants to Christ and His Holy Church. Four of these inspirational Catholics – Father Augustus Tolton, Servant of God, Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, Venerable Henrietta De Lille, and Venerable Pierre Toussaint – are now under consideration for sainthood. We all pray that our Church will find that these great champions of our Lord’s promise of salvation and justice are worthy saints. To learn more, go to columbuscatholic. org/black-history-month.