Archbishop Nelson Pérez opened Black Catholic History Month in the Philadelphia Archdiocese by celebrating the 61st annual St. Martin de Porres Mass Nov. 5 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Numerous priests from the archdiocesan Black Catholic Apostolate concelebrated.

During the Mass, the Archbishop also presided over the commissioning of Father Matthew Brody, Pastor of St. Richard of Chichester Parish in South Philadelphia and Father Charles Zlock, Pastor of St. Raymond of Penafort of Philadelphia, Pa. in the Mount Airy Section of Philadelphia, who were commissioned by the Holy Father to serve our local Church as Missionaries of Mercy. (Photos: Sarah Webb)