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Should We Have Black History Month? with Fr. Claude Williams

Opinions from Americans vary widely on the subject of Black History Month. Some Black Americans themselves think it does an injustice to their place in our nation's history; others see it as a necessary means for giving adequate honor to their invaluable and often unrecognized contributions. What should Catholic schools do? In this podcast, Fr. Claude Williams shares his view on a topic of increasing tension within our culture. Tune in and hear about how he as a life-long Catholic, long-time educator, and a dedicated follower of Christ addresses this and other matters that touch on the delicate and often contentious issue of race and racial reconciliation.

You can listen below or download the podcast on iTunes.


Fr Claude Williams in white priest garments.

Father Claude Williams, O.Praem., is a native of New Orleans. After attending Catholic schools from kindergarten through his sophomore year in college, he joined the Norbertine order and was ordained a Catholic priest in 2009. Fr. Claude has spent most of his priesthood in Catholic education, as a classroom teacher, Vice Dean for Students, and now as  Rector of Saints Peter and Paul School in Wilmington, California. In his parish work, Father ministers to Italian, Spanish, African American, and Latin Mass communities. In addition to school ministry during the week, he provides weekend sacramental assistance to Transfiguration Church in Los Angeles. Father held the honor of being Chairperson of Liturgy for the 2017 National Black Catholic Congress. For leisure, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his Norbertine community.