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Maria Jerkins is the Director for the Office of Black Catholic Affairs for the Archdiocese of Miami.
A retired middle school principal, Mrs. Jerkins has established joint parish council meetings between the three predominantly Black parishes, increased Black Catholic participation in Archdiocesan activities, established an Afro-centric youth music ministry, and received more than three hundred thousand dollars in grants.
sponsored, in connection with Miami-Dade Junior College
, a Black Parenting Workshop that prepared twenty persons to teach parenting skills in various parishes, and participated in a citizenship program that yielded fifty thousand immigrants United States citizenship.
She is a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, was president of the Parish Council for seventeen years, chairs the liturgy ministry, and serves as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and trainer of Eucharistic Ministers.
She chairs the Liturgical Committee.
is an organization through which individual citizens or groups can question, inform and encourage elected representatives regarding community preferences and needs.
shows God's people what we can do if we work together."
- Maria Jerkins / Director, Office of Black Catholic Affairs and DART Board Member -
Mrs. Jerkins is the past secretary of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators (NABCA) and a past member of the Board of Trustees for the National Black Catholic Congress.
In 2009, at the annual convention of NABCA
was presented with the President's Evangelization Award in recognition of the successful completion of a multicultural census in the Archdiocese of Miami
She is also a past president of the Florida Conference of Black Catholic Ministers.
Mrs. Jerkins is a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Knights of Peter Claver and was president for three terms, a member of the Margaret Mary Guild, sits on the Commission for Liturgy and Spiritual Life, and has received the Primum Regnum Dei Award (1998) and a Jubilee Pontifical Medal (2000).
She is an active member of the St. Martin De Pores Association.
Born in Miami, Mrs. Jerkins has two sons and one grandson.