The annual archdiocesan celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Monday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Miraculous Medal Shrine, 500 East Chelten Avenue in Philadelphia’s Germantown section.

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will convene with Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell of Hebrew Congregation and Amir Oasim Rashad of United Muslim Masjid for a prayer service to which all are invited.

The service will also be streamed live beginning at 6 p.m. at

The celebration is sponsored by the archdiocesan Secretariat for Evangelization, the Office for Black Catholics, and local parishes serving the Black Catholic community.


In addition, a concert in Dr. King’s honor will be performed by three Catholic choirs on Sunday, Jan. 16 from 3 to 4 p.m. at St. Raymond Church, 1350 E. Vernon Road in Philadelphia.

The choirs of St. Athanasius Parish, St. Raymond Parish and St. Vincent de Paul Parish, all in Philadelphia, will perform along with Joliet Harris — soloist choir member and assistant choir director at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church — singing the music of Mahalia Jackson.

There will be time for reflection, prayer and being restored in hope.

There is no cost to attend and all are welcome. All are asked to wear a mask given the current status of the pandemic.

Those unable to attend in person can experience the concert via You Tube, and it will also be livestreamed at

Call 215-549-3760 for more information.