Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast January 2015

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

On the bright sunny morning of Monday, January 19, 2015, 100 people gathered for the 30’th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at St. Katharine Drexel Parish Center in Roxbury. The day began with the Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir leading everyone in song and an invocation by Fr. Gerald Osterman, pastor of St. Katherine Drexel Parish in Roxbury and Immaculate Conception Parish in Everett. Ms. Jacqui Townes, a longtime parishioner of St. Katharine Drexel parish made a few welcoming remarks and shared a little about the history of the event. Jacqui said that the breakfast began thirty years ago with the encouragement of Fr. James Hickey, who was the pastor of St. Francis de Sales – St. Philip Parish at the time. The first year, there were only 25 people who came to the breakfast. However, over the years, the breakfast has grown and many make it a part of their celebration of the Dr. King Holiday.

IMG_3895Attendees at the MLK Prayer Breakfast

IMG_3897Director of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity, Fr. Micahel Harrington and Director of the Office for Black Catholics, Lorna Desroses

Serge Doranzil, a young adult, who is part of St. Angela parish and is currently studying at Northeastern University, proclaimed the reading for the breakfast which was taken from the Gospel of Luke. Fr. Michael Harrington, the Director of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity, led the community in a prayer before the meal as well as the Rev. Dr. King Litany praying that “the spirit of Dr. King continues to flow through our daily living….May we have the courage of Dr. King as we continue to stand up for justice, reconciliation and truth.”


Sr. Marie Therese “Tess” Browne read an excerpt from Dr. King’s speech called “All Labor has Dignity,” which he gave on March 18, 1968, during which he stated that men and women of all races deserve the dignity of work and “…No labor is in vain, nor is it worthless, but brings lasting value to those that we serve – let us serve with honor and excellence!”

IMG_3884Sister Marie Therese

This year, the guest speaker was Dr. Valerie Roberson, president of Roxbury Community College who spoke on the theme “Walkin the Footsteps of Dr. King.” She shared that she has been a community college administrator for over 20 years. What propelled her into the position where she is today is that she had a sense of being called by God early in her career to serve in this way. She said that we are all called to walk in the footsteps of Dr. King – no matter what we do. The morning ended with a benediction given by Fr. Rocco Puopolo and the Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir singing, “We Shall Overcome.” Everyone enjoyed this morning of fellowship, prayer and song honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

IMG_3885Dr.Valerie Roberson

IMG_3890 Fr. Rocco

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