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Diocese celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday with Mass and service


The diocese remembered the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 16 with fellowship, Mass and a service project led by the Office of African Ancestry Ministry and Evangelization.

Monsignor Michael Shugrue, diocesan administrator, spoke at the Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, one of the largest MLK Day events in the area. About 1,000 people attended the breakfast and listened to speakers and musical performances.

Monsignor Joseph Ntuwa, African Ancestry Catholics delegate, celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Father Ed Wolanski, C.P., vice rector at Cathedral, concelebrated.

"Although the prospect of peace, whether between nations or family members, may seem remote, we must never give up working toward it," Monsignor Ntuwa said in his homily. "What we do today reminds us and those we love and serve who we are: God’s holy family, brothers and sisters united in love, who recognize that all division, prejudice and inequality must have no place in society."

Fellowship and refreshments were served in the school hall following Mass. In a spirit of service, volunteers donated and bagged diapers for Catholic Parish Outreach.

Monsignor Ntuwa encouraged the faithful to see beyond the “day off” aspect of the holiday and, instead, see the day as an opportunity to work for the common good, create a just society and uphold the dignity of human life.

He quoted Dr. King, who once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 

Read Msgr. Ntuwa's homily