St. Benedict the Moor Celebrates Tenth Year
St. Benedict the Moor Church in Dayton (OH) will celebrate its tenth year as a consolidated parish with a Mass and banquet Saturday.
Part of Pastoral Region One, which also includes St. Augustine (Germantown) and St. Mary (Dayton) Churches, St. Benedict the Moor parish was born when two historically black Catholic parishes decided to merge in 2003.
The two parishes — St. James Church and Resurrection Church — built a new building in Southwest Dayton and chose the name for the 16th-century Franciscan friar who was born to black slaves, freed at birth, and joined the Order as a hermit and lay brother. Although he never learned to read, and thus never became a priest, he became one of the leaders of the Franciscans in Palermo, and was renowned for his charity and holiness.
For 10 years the church has grown under the pastorate of Fr. Francis Tandoh, CPPS. Originally from Ghana, Fr. Tandoh offers a Ghanian Mass once a month (3 pm, on the first Sunday). The parish also celebrates traditional Novus Ordo Masses and a weekly Gospel Mass.
Saturday’s banquet, themed “We’ve Come This Far by Faith,” will feature keynote speaker Fr. Freddy Washington, CSSP, pastor of St. Mark’s Church in Harlem. The 6-9 pm event will be held at the parish; tickets are $50. For information call (937) 263-8846.
Photos courtesy St. Mark Church, Harlem (top); Bovard Studio Stained Glass, Farfield (IO) (bottom).
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