African priests in U.S. to gather in New Orleans

The African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States (ACCCRUS) will hold its annual convention July 26-29 at the Maison Dupuy Hotel in New Orleans.
The conference theme is “Building Intercultural Competency for African Priests and Religious in the United States,” said Father Francis Offia, a native of Ekwulumili, a farming village in eastern Nigeria, who serves as parochial vicar of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Slidell and is the local coordinator of the conference.
In 2016, Father Offia became the second African priest to be ordained for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Jesuit Father Allan Deck, who served as the first executive director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the featured speaker on July 27. He will focus on “Pastoral Orientation and Ministry in the Church in America.”
Father Deck is a distinguished scholar and teaches theology and Latino studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will welcome the gathering July 27 at 9:45 a.m., followed by Father Deck’s keynote address.
The convention will include breakout sessions, Mass, morning and evening prayer and Eucharistic adoration. For more information, go to

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