Special Episode: Celebrating Black Saints

In this special episode, Fr. Josh shares with us the heroic stories of black saints and black individuals on their way to sainthood, who inspire us to persevere in our walk towards eternity.

Snippet from the Show

“Connection is more important than perfection.”


“Do not let your past dictate your future, every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”



Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future

  • St. Mary of Egypt
  • St. Moses the Strong

Don’t leave Jesus because of Judas

  • Venerable Teresa Chikaba
  • Venerable Henriette Delille
  • Venerable Augustus Tolton
  • Blessed Francesco de Paula Victor 

Imitation of Christ

  • St. Josephine Bakhita


Interested in Catholic social teaching? Check out Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for this Generation featuring Fr. Josh Johnson, Mari Pablo, Chika Anyanwu, Chris Stefanick, and more!

Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

1 Comment

  1. Wonderful segment, Fr. Josh! Really inspired by the example of these saints, most of whom I did not know save St. Josephine and St. Mary of Egypt, the latter through an earlier show with you. I particularly appreciated your segmentation – Every Saint has a Past Every Sinner has a Future, Don’t leave Jesus because of Judas, Imitation of Christ – good advice for us . I also was moved by the way you verbalized their virtues and the virtues through which they were drawn to Jesus – kindness, patience, tenderheartedness, compassion, mercy, etc
    Thank you for always being so thoughtful and honest with us and calling us to be that way, too.


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