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Martin Luther King Day Celebration on January 21, 2019

January 8, 2019

The Community of Holy Rosary & St. John the Evangelist is hosting its annual Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, January 21, 2019 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary-St. John Church, 660 South Ohio Avenue (between Main and Livingston), Columbus, Ohio. The guest preacher is Rev. Chester P. Smith, S.V.D. Everyone is welcome!

Fr. Chester Smith was ordained in 1988 in Chicago, making history by becoming, along with his brother Fr. Charles Smith, the first African American twin priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Fr. Smith is one of three missionary priests that make up the Bowman-Francis Ministry Project, which was founded in 1993 by the Society of the Divine Word to serve the Black Catholic diaspora.

Fr. Smith has served as president of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, and is the founder of Ambassadors of the Word, a peer group ministry that focuses on African American youth development. Fr. Chester Smith and his brother Fr. Charles Smith are co-authors of “Boyhood to Manhood,” a rite of passage manual for African American boys, and a manual for the African American Family Kwanzaa celebration, “My Family, Our Family.”

Holy Rosary-St. John has been celebrating Martin Luther King Day every year since the holiday was established in 1986. Community artists will also be displaying their art during the celebration, and there will be a reception after. For additional information, email or call (614) 252-5926, ext. 7.



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