Public Celebration of the Eucharist


Location: Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Wilton Cardinal Gregory, S.L.D.
Archbishop of Washington, DC

Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., presides and preaches at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart for a Eucharist (Mass) concluding the 31st Annual Meeting of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. 
This Vigil Mass for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time will highlight the gift of African American sacred song in Catholic liturgy, calling all to heed the call offered to the rich young man in Mark’s gospel to give up every attachment -temporal, spiritual, and social- and follow Jesus as he remakes the world anew.

Mass program

Live stream

This public lecture is part of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium 2021 Annual Meeting, hosted by the University of Notre Dame. 

The Black Catholic Theological Symposium, founded in 1978, seeks to foster an ethical community of scholarly dialogue characterized by a commitment to the fundamental humanity of all people; a regard for plurality of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds; and the development of an authentically Black and Catholic theology. More information at
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart serves as the mother church of the Congregation of Holy Cross in the United States. It is in the Basilica that Holy Cross religious profess final vows, that seminarians are ordained priests and where deceased religious are commended to God. Likewise, it is a place of worship and prayer for students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as for regular worshipers, pilgrims and countless visitors.


Department of Theology
Department of Africana Studies


Campus Ministry
College of Arts and Letters' Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Henkels Lecture Fund 
Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
Initiative on Race and Resilience
McGrath Institute for Church Life
Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study