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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.
The Archdiocese of Miami
Director: Maria Jerkins
Phone: (305) 762-1120
The spirituality leadership commission ...
The spirituality leadership commission has been working to help Catholics acknowledge the gifts of black spirituality and God's call to ongoing evangelization, said Maria Jerkins, director of the Office of Black Ministry for the Archdiocese of Miami.
Catholic News - The weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
We are deeply grateful to Maria Jenkins of the Office of Black Catholic Affairs, Archdiocese of Miami for the commitment to the fundraising so as to procure these items for us, and for organising this project.
The report was presented by Maria ...
The report was presented by Maria Jerkins, director of the archdiocese's Office of Black Catholic Affairs, and Prince Smith, a member of Visitation Parish in North Miami who chaired the census implementation team.
"We have always asked how many black Catholics are there and we could never give a number, only an estimate," said Jerkins
"We went to every parish," Jerkins
said, except for five whose pastors did not give permission for the census-takers to be there during weekend Masses.
According to the census report, all of those pastors responded that "there were no black Catholics in their parish," even though, in at least one case, two of the census team members have family who are registered in that particular parish and have been attending Mass there for more than three years.
"I was surprised at the number of pastors who would not cooperate with us," Jerkins
"We found several who did not want us to come. (The census) was not as important to them as it was to us."
Nevertheless, Jerkins added, "We as black Catholics know that we're not alone because we got the support of our fellow Catholics."
noted that the census team was composed of 43 African-American Catholics and 21 white or Hispanic Catholics.