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Fr. Chester P. Smith
National Black Catholic Men's Conference
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As many of you already know Pope Francis has deemed 2021 the year of
below please find the prayer to St. Joseph and all penitent information
Prayer to St. Joseph
The official prayer of the Year of St. Joseph
To you, O blessed Joseph (Ad te, beate Ioseph) was composed by Pope Leo XIII in his 1889 encyclical, Quamquam Pluries. Pope Francis has asked that it be added to the end of the Rosary especially during October, the month of the Holy Rosary.
This prayer is enriched with a partial indulgence (Source: USCCB).
Click here to view the Litany of St. Joseph
To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness. Read more...
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Remember… What’s coming is better than what’s been!
Something completed is better than something just begun; patience is better than too much pride.
Rev. Chester P. Smith, SVD
IN A WORD remembers Father Chester
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Chester P. Smith, SVD
who entered into eternal life on April 8, 2020. Remember also in your prayers
Fr. Charles (his twin), Marcheta (his sister), Kermit (his brother), the entire Smith family, as well as the Bowman-Francis Ministry Team and the members of the Society of the Divine Word.
Black Lives Matter
17th Annual National Black Catholic Men's Conference
Read the Synopsis of the 2020 Virtual Conference Here.
Replay of the
Virtual Memorial Celebration
Rev. Chester P. Smith, SVD
Sun. May 3, 2020
BOWMAN-FRANCIS MINISTRY TEAM'S NAMESAKE
Here you can find information on
The Most Rev. Joseph Francis, SVD
Very Rev. John Bowman, SVD
Servant of God - Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA
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Bowman-Francis Team is to minister to the total Black Catholic: spiritually, physically and intellectually. It is our endeavor to offer many gainful avenues to meet the needs of Black people everywhere.