Archbishop Nelson Pérez celebrated the 59th Annual Saint Martin de Porres Mass on Nov. 6 marking the beginning of Black Catholic History Month in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This annual liturgy celebrates the rich history, tradition, and contributions of Black Catholics in the Archdiocese and throughout the Universal Church.

During Mass, Archbishop Peréz conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on several young people from parishes in the Black Catholic community. He also recognized the 40th Anniversary of the first Black Catholic Deacons who were ordained for service in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Cardinal John Krol on November 7, 1982. (Photos by Sarah Webb)