Members of a Norfolk congregation, hoping to honor a former church’s history, helped a local historian uncover a mystery.
Melvina Herbert and Angela Tolentino Christian are there the Basilica of St. Mary’s of the clean and tidy Conception. The two are a part of the church’s women’s ministry, which started the St. Joseph’s mission Fund. Herbert says she in progress researching for the project when she stimulated back to the area.
The ministry says St. Joseph’s was Norfolk’s simply Black Catholic church and school from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. Herbert with Tolentino Christian says the rural community provided many activities and property families couldn’t get wherever else during the isolation era.
In the middle of ourselves as Black Catholics, there weren’t a lot of a place we might go and that’s what St. Joseph’s provide for us, Tolentino Christian said. According to the church, St. Joseph’s parish was in progress in 1889 when clergy from the Josephite civilization came to the area and open the school. Read the rest of this entry »