16th Annual Convention of the African Priests and Sisters in the United States (ACCCRUS), July 2015

August 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Africa, African American, Director's Blog

The African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States (ACCCRUS) is an association of African priests, men and women religious who are working or studying in the United States.  They form a vital part of the pastoral outreach of the church in America, serving the needs of many African and other faithful throughout the country.

This year, the 16th Annual Convention was hosted by the Archdiocese of Boston and it took place at the Comfort Inn, Randolph (1374 North Main Street, Randolph, MA, US, 02368), with the closing Mass  at St. Mary Parish, Randolph.  The convention began with the arrival of the Executive board members on Tuesday, July 28 followed by the arrival of the other participants on Wednesday, July 29. It’s length was of 3 days, concluding on  August, 1. 2015.    The convention was well attended, with the presence of about one hundred and twenty African Priests and Sisters. Most Rev. John Anthony Dooher welcomed the ACCCRUS  to the Archdiocese of Boston on behalf of Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, OFM, Cap to.  Bishop Dooher also officiated at the closing Mass for the convention.

"The Mass celebrated by Bishop John Dooher for the annual convention of the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States, July 31 at St. Mary Parish in Randolph. The, which was also held in Randolph, ran from July 28 through Aug. 1. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo "

“The Mass celebrated by Bishop John Dooher for the annual convention of the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States, July 31 at St. Mary Parish in Randolph. The, which was also held in Randolph, ran from July 28 through Aug. 1.
Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo

Priests

Priests and Bishop Dooher

It is also to be noted that during closing Mass,  the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, was represented by the  Deputy of Chief of Diversity, Freda Brasfied and  Gloria L. Fox, State Representative, 7th Suffolk district.

"The Mass celebrated by Bishop John Dooher for the annual convention of the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States, July 31 at St. Mary Parish in Randolph. The, which was also held in Randolph, ran from July 28 through Aug. 1. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo "

“The Mass celebrated by Bishop John Dooher for the annual convention of the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States, July 31 at St. Mary Parish in Randolph. The, which was also held in Randolph, ran from July 28 through Aug. 1.
Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo

The African Women Religious of which Sr. Christiana Onyewuche, EHJ of Boston is the President, also held their meeting during this convention period. The meeting was successful.  Sisters were given mug to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life.

"The Mass celebrated by Bishop John Dooher for the annual convention of the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States, July 31 at St. Mary Parish in Randolph. The, which was also held in Randolph, ran from July 28 through Aug. 1. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo "

“The Mass celebrated by Bishop John Dooher for the annual convention of the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States, July 31 at St. Mary Parish in Randolph. The, which was also held in Randolph, ran from July 28 through Aug. 1.
Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo

Sr. Christie and Anthonia

Sister Christiana, Bishop Dooher and St. Anthonia

 

Sister Christiana (above picture on the left) expressed the following from the convention:

” I am very grateful for the support from the African Communities, Rev. John Ronaghan and the Parishioners of Sr. Mary Parish, Randolph, and to all who made the convention a success.  To God be the glory. With the coming of the African Communities together, the fruit of this convention should not only open avenue for the African Priests and Sisters working in this Archdiocese to come together but also it should bring the African communities together  once again  through your office. Thanks for all you are doing for the community. God bless. Sr. Christiana Onyewuche, EHJ”

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