Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta gives the keynote address at dinner Dec. 3 during a Migration Policy and Advocacy program in Atlanta. (CNS photo/ Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin)

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Black Catholics will sponsor a lecture by Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory on the sin of racism.

The presentation is the first in a three-part series developed by the Office for Black Catholics in response to the U.S. bishops’ pastoral initiative against racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love.”

In a pastoral letter approved at its November 2018 meeting, the U.S. bishops’ conference noted that “some may believe that racism is no longer a major affliction of our society … but racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart.”

The lecture will take place on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in St. John Vianney Hall at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Admission is free, but tickets are required. To register, visit

Additional events in the series include a Jan. 21, 2019 celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at St. Joseph’s University, which will feature Bishop Edward Braxton of the Diocese of Belleville; and a Feb. 25 listening session on racism moderated by Bishop Shelton Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, which will also take place at St. Joseph’s University. For more information, contact Father Richard Owens of the Office for Black Catholics at 215-587-3541 or