Annual Mass honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. to be held Jan. 22 – Catholic Standard

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington will hold its annual Mass celebrating the life and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 5 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4275 Fourth Street in Southeast east of Washington, D.C.

Washington Auxiliary Bishop Roy E. Campbell Jr. will preside over Mass and serve as preacher. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington Gospel Choir will provide music for the liturgy.

The mass — sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach — is held annually near Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the federal holiday honoring the late civil rights leader that is observed on the third Monday in January. This year, the holiday was observed on January 17.

Dr. King was murdered nearly 54 years ago. In late March 1968, he traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, to support black sanitation public works workers who were on strike for higher wages and better working conditions. On April 4 that year, Dr King – standing on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel – was fatally injured by a shot fired by James Earl Ray. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where after emergency surgery he was pronounced dead.

The Archdiocese’s website has a page with information about the Mass in honor of Dr King and a live stream link for the Mass, and here is the direct link to the live streamed Mass.

For more information, contact the Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach at 301-853-5335.

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