During the month of November, American Catholics will observe Black Catholic History Month. Notre Dame will also participate in this commemoration. Deacon Mel Tardy, who is a member of the committee planning the events at Notre Dame, said the event was established by the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, which is a gathering of African American priests, deacons, bishops and seminarians, because many individuals felt like the experience of African American Catholics was being overlooked.“The Clergy Caucus selected November as Black Catholic History Month because the stories of African American Catholics were not being told and how the Church relates to African Americans in particular was not being addressed,” he said. “They felt that some attention to the history would be good.”At Notre Dame, the month will be celebrated in a variety of ways, including Masses, a panel discussion titled “Is Black Lives Matter a Pro-Life Issue?” and a closing ceremony with Bishop Fernand Cheri of New Orleans. The kickoff event for the month was a Mass this past Sunday in Dunne Hall. The goal of these events is to educate Notre Dame students, faculty and staff about African American Catholicism.Eric Styles, the rector of Carroll Hall and member of the organizing committee, said he hopes the month will dispel stereotypes of what it means to be Catholic in the United States.“A lot of assumptions are made about what Catholicism is and that usually translates in the United States to being white American and that’s not always the case,” he said. “So, [a goal is] making students more aware of that, making faculty and staff more aware of that and celebrating the diversity that is already in the Catholic Church.”Tardy spoke of his desire for the month to demonstrate the unique aspects of African American Catholicism.“I would like to see that more people would be aware of Black Catholic History Month and why it’s significant, that people would understand that there are some unique gifts and forms of expressions that come out of the African American experience that are viable for the Catholic liturgy and for Catholic religious thought and imagination,” he said.The goal of these events throughout the month is to open a dialogue for further change at the University level. Organizers said they hope this dialogue will take root in classes being taught about African American Catholic theology and influence how community members view certain social justice issues that affect African Americans and in creating an inclusive community within the liturgy at Notre Dame for more than just November.Becky Ruvalcaba, Campus Ministry’s assistant director of multicultural ministries and chair of the committee that planned the events of Black Catholic History month at Notre Dame, said in an email her goal for the month is to present a genuine view of the Catholic Church.“We desire that the celebration not just be for a month. That as we grow in love and understanding of the world church in and through the Black Catholic community; that we, as part of that universal church, come to represent it here at the University of Notre Dame authentically in our liturgical celebrations, in social teaching, and in Christian living,” she said. “In the end, my vision is to work and live in a truly authentic representation of God’s Church: where all of his children … stand hand in hand worshiping and praying as one.”Tags: African American community, Black Catholic History Month, Campus Ministry, Catholicism, Diversity
Air BnB hosts Lucia Ormonde and her husband James Peddell at their Edmonton home.Airbnb is becoming more popular in Cairns. They have made many friends as Airbnb hosts over the past two years. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYINVESTORS focusing on the Cairns market are increasingly seeking out properties perfect for listing on homeshare site Airbnb, according to a Cairns real estate agent.LJ Hooker Cairns South’s Cheyenne Morrison said barely two years ago there was only a handful of properties available for rent in Cairns on Airbnb, but that number has exploded to thousands.“I have experienced increasing amounts of property investors looking to buy houses suitable to rent on the platform,” Mr Morrison said. “My research, and market conditions in capital cities lead me to believe that a property that is purpose-built for Airbnb will gain much more capital appreciation in the coming years than an ordinary property.“The most sought-after type of property is a home with a separate living quarters that can be rented on Airbnb. “In the inner-city suburbs of Parramatta Park and Cairns North this is usually a Queenslander home that has been raised to legal height, with a self-contained living area downstairs.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoBeing close to the airport, CBD and the entertaining Esplanade precinct, Cairns North has topped the list of popular suburbs listed on Airbnb. According to the latest data from AirDNA, there are 268 properties in Cairns North for rent on Airbnb. The average daily rate is $127, average occupancy is 73 per cent, and average monthly earnings are $2175.Mr Morrison said 360 McLeod St, Cairns North, for sale for $650,000, had been achieving more than 80 per cent occupancy on Airbnb for the past two years.Running a property as an Airbnb rental offers a higher return, but this also comes at a cost. Just like a hotel, guests expect all the amenities, a comfortable bed with clean linen, a well laid-out kitchen with cooking implements, crockery and cutlery and appliances.Owners, too, often need to meet guests at odd hours, change linen and clean their property regularly.