The Mandatum award is “presented to an individual or organization whose service in the Gospel of Jesus Christ exemplifies the purpose and goals of the Federation.
“In particular, the leadership of this individual or organization enhances the ministry of presbyteral councils, seeks to expound on the issues and concerns of priests, and champions NFPC’s mission and goals in the public square.” The award’s scriptural reference is: “I have given you a model to follow, so as I have done for you, you should do also.” [John 13: 15].
Founded in 1968, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus serves as a fraternity for Black Catholic Clergy and Religious to support the spiritual, theological, educational, and ministerial growth of its members. Membership is composed of Black Catholic ordained bishops, priests, permanent deacons and their wives, religious brothers and seminarians.
NBCCC is committed to taking care of the spiritual needs of African American brothers and sisters. Celebrations are holistic and this is expressed in the joy and spirit of our liturgies and the character of our ministries. NBCCC is a vehicle to bring the contributions of the Black Community to fruition within the Catholic Church.
The proud achievements of NBCCC include founding the National Association of Black Catholic Deacons, co-founding the National Office for Black Catholics (NOBC), the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, publishing the Declaration on Racism and the Catholic Church, establishing the Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans, and establishing the Pan African Roman Catholic Clergy Caucus.
Father Kenneth Taylor, president of NBCCC and a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, will receive the award on behalf of the organization.
The award will be presented on April 25 at a reception and banquet during NFPC’s annual Convocation in Anaheim, California.