Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, January 2016

January 27, 2016 by  
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This past Monday, January 18, was the second year that the Office for Black Catholics has had the opportunity to work together with St. Katharine Drexel Parish  to sponsor the 31’st annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast.


MLK Poster


Attendees at the breaskfast


Moment of prayer at the annual MLK breakfast

Sr. Tess Browne welcomed us to the breakfast and Fr. Gerald Osterman gave the invocation.


Sr. Tess Browne


Fr. Gerald Osterman


This year’s Speaker was Rev. Dr. Gloria White Hammond who called upon all of us to be like Dr King and step out in faith, step up and be courageous and step forward and do what God has called us to be. The Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir, directed by Meyer Chambers,  helped us to pray through song by singing songs such as Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” which is one of Dr. King’s favorite hymns.


Rev. Dr. Gloria White Hammond


Karme Menard, a parishioner of St. Angela Parish gave a beautiful reading from an excerpt of Dr. Kings “ I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. An excellent breakfast was prepared for everyone by Lorraine “ Ma” Smith and Beth Chambers. Thanks to Jacki Townes, we had a little bit of trivia as well.

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Karme Menard

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Jakie Townes

Alvin Shiggs, from St. Mary of the Angels parish lead everyone in the Litany for Rev. Dr. King  and Lorna DesRoses said a few words of thanks to all at the breakfast.  The morning ended in prayer and everyone singing “ We Shall Overcome.”   


Alvin Shiggs


Lrona Des Roses, Director of Balck Catholic Ministries for Boston

If you attended this year’s breakfast, thank you for your presence!  It was a wonderful gathering.


Sister Tess, Dr. Hammond and Lorna Des Roses


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