Many Reminders

The obituary for Father Martin Carter, S.A., was thought-provoking (CNY, Jan. 13). It reminded me of my good fortune to have grown up in the West Harlem parish of the Annunciation that was inclusive of diverse persons and children in its pews and classrooms. It reminded me that during my childhood many African-American Catholics were still often treated even in some of our churches without Christian charity and inclusiveness. It reminded me that perhaps we lost too many African-American adherents and vocations due to racism and segregation. Finally, it reminded me that Christ is brought to me at every Sunday’s 8 a.m. Mass by an African priest! For my parish and for me, black life truly matters!

Vincent Gaglione


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