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Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Holy Rosary/St. John

January 11, 2013

Fr_WilliamsThe Community of Holy Rosary & St. John the Evangelist is hosting their annual Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, January 21, 2013 beginning at noon at Holy Rosary/St. John Church, 660 South Ohio Avenue (between Main and Livingston), Columbus, Ohio.  The guest speaker is Fr. Clarence Williams, C.PP.S.

The Rev. Dr. Clarence Williams, C.PP.S., is a member of the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.  Fr. Williams has a Ph.D. in Global Education and Cultural Communications.  He is founder of the Institute for Recovery from Racisms, is the author of several books on Racial Sobriety, helped to establish November as Black Catholic History month, and is founder of the “Keep the Dream Alive” award that has now been adopted by Diocesan organizations around the US.  In addition to being an author and speaker, Fr. Williams has served a number of churches and organizations over the course of his ministry, including positions with Catholic Charities USA, Bread for the World, and the Catholic African World Network.  Fr. Williams is now serving as race and diversity consultant to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the national office of St. Vincent de Paul, and the Board of the Paulist Reconciliation Ministries.  He is currently the pastor of St. James the Less Roman Catholic Church in Columbus, Ohio.

Holy Rosary/St. John has been celebrating Martin Luther King Day every year since 1986, the first year the holiday was observed.  This service is therefore one of the oldest Martin Luther King Day events in Columbus. 


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