The African Catholic Community at St. Joseph Church, hereinafter referred to as ACC, was founded on February 4, 2017, with the approval and support of Rev. Jesse Bolger, after his installation as the 26th Pastor of St Joseph (Fullerton) Church, by Archbishop William E. Lori, the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore.
What started with a few Catholic families of African descent in the early 1990s, has now grown to a large group that is home to a community of African Catholic families from various ethnic and cultural groups.
In the African Catholic Community (ACC), you will find members from various countries such as Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, Eritrea, Tanzania, Kenya, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mali.
To provide an environment at St. Joseph Church for Catholics of African descent to live the Gospel, to proclaim the Gospel by word and example, to share a communion with Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit, as well as to bring together a diversity of people united in faith, hope and love to cherish their culture.
ACC’s Community Outreach Program involves going out to the Church’s neighborhood to meet with African American Communities in the city - being the salt of life.
ACC's activities comprises of organizing food drives, and volunteering in soup kitchens in communities that are in need.
The ACC is an active community. The ACC hosts a quarterly mass at St. Joseph Fullerton. We have monthly organizational meetings, and take part in the multi-cultural Pentecost mass. We also have special events at the parish. In 2017, the parish and the ACC hosted "An Evening with Immaculee Ilbagiza." In a powerful evening, Immaculee gave her amazing testimony on survival, hope, mercy and forgiveness through prayer.
We invite you to join us at our monthly general meetings, scheduled on the first Sunday of every month at 1:45 p.m. in the Parish Center. Are you having difficulties finding a baby-sitter for your children? You do not need to worry anymore - just bring them with you to our meetings. Light refreshments are provided by our volunteers.