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The Rev. Alvan I. Amadi is the administrator of St. Mary Parish in Algoma, Wisc., in the Diocese of Green Bay. From 2014 to 2018, he served as the director of Worship and Liturgical Formation at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee.

FaithFaith in Focus
Alvan I. Amadi
I am a black priest in a predominantly white, rural parish. Answering this question is more urgent than ever.
Sts. Jean de Lalande, Isaac Jogues and Rene Goupil, who were among the 17th-century French Jesuit missionaries martyred in North America, are depicted in a stained-glass window at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame of Quebec in Quebec City. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
FaithShort Take
Alvan I. Amadi
Wherever the church has flourished, it is because men and women gave their lives as witness to a love that is stronger than death. Father Alvan I. Amadi writes that the saints of North America are proof of the church’s vitality.
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FaithShort Take
Alvan I. Amadi
Three years ago, Pope Francis elevated the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, on July 22, to a feast day. To help better appreciate the gifts that women bring to the church, it is time to further elevate the feast day to a solemnity.