Black Catholics Association

The Altadena/Pasadena Black Catholic Association (BCA), is a service-oriented, multi-parish group composed of St. Elizabeth, Sacred Heart, St. Andrew,  and St. Philip.

It was revitalized in 2005 by Deacon Charles Mitchell of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish. The BCA, is dedicated to enriching the cultural, educational and spiritual development of its members and community.

The group sponsors three events each year: the annual Juneteenth Barbeque Scholarship Fundraiser, the Black Catholic History Mass and Quilt Raffle, and the Kwanza Celebration Mass.

The proceeds from the fundraisers provide scholarships to deserving African-American students graduating from the eighth grade who will attend a Catholic High School in the fall.

The BCA usually meets on the first Thursday of each month, sometimes rotating between the local parishes.


CONTACTS:  Rayne Stewart – (626) 794-5567

Black Catholic Heritage Trail

Diana Hayes – Black Catholic History and Theology – Sankofa

Dr. Diana L. Hayes, STD, is Professor Emerita of Sytematic Theology at Georgetown University. She is also on the Council of Elders of the Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership. This keynote, delivered January 29, 2016 at Oblate School of Theology, is about Black Catholic History and Theology. This keynote address is part of the annual Come, Taste and See Conference, held by the Sankofa Institute to elevate voices


Fr. Joshua Johnson is a newly-ordained priest in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was recently the keynote speaker at the African-American Youth Congress in Lafayette, LA, an annual gathering of 600 teens, which is sponsored by Catholic Extension.

Fr. Joshua uses the medium of rap music to communicate his message.  He says,“We need to immerse ourselves in Jesus’ word so that he can speak truth to us.”  Even if some of the skeptical young people aren’t totally convinced of Fr. Joshua’s message, they are at least compelled to hear him out, because it’s not every day that you meet a priest who raps.