In recent days, those of the Catholic faith have been celebrating the life of Bishop Joseph Howze. Howze, who passed away earlier this month at age 95, was widely recognized as the first African-American bishop in the 20th century.
Throughout his lifetime, Howze influenced communities worldwide. He was best-known for his fight against racism and to simultaneously bring more blacks into the church.
According to the New York Times, Howze’s actions contributed to more African Americans stepping up into Catholicism leadership roles. Although this was his main focus, he once said in an interview that his fight in faith is for everyone — regardless of race or identity.
“I never think about race when I’m doing my work,” he began.
“I’m a bishop to the Vietnamese, to the Hispanics, to the French, to the Germans, to the blacks, to the reds, to the whites,” the legendary Bishop added. “You’re a bishop to everybody.”
Please keep his friends, family, and loved ones in your prayers during this difficult time. May God bring peace and comfort!
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