Our Lady of Queen Peace Church
Our Lady of Queen Peace Church, located in Washington, DC (a parish of the Archdiocese of Washington), has a long history of helping evangelize the African American community. In November 2003, then Pastor Fr. Michael King founded the African American Ministry, which then selected St. Josephine Bakhita, who was sold into slavery at the age of seven, as their Patron Saint. St. Josephine Bakhita obtained liberation in 1885 and entered the Institute of Saint Magdalene of Canossa in 1893. She became well-loved by the children attending the sisters' school and the local citizens. She was quoted as saying, "Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know Him. What a great grace it is to know God!"
The mission of the African American Ministry continues a long tradition of enhancing the participation of the African American Catholics in the community and in educating all involved to share their rich and vibrant history. The African American Ministry not only serves the local Church but also provides a vital connection with the Archdiocese of Washington's Office of Cultural Diversity, the National Black Catholic Congress and the neighboring parishes in the diocese.
On January 18, 2020, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church held a Mass honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Archbishop Gregory was the principal celebrant and homilist of the Mass.
Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington's Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach, the Mass is offered each year as part of the archdiocese's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The event began with a praise and worship service featuring the Archdiocesan Gospel Mass Choir.