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Abstract

The invisibility or near absence of peoples of African descent in the Canadian Catholic Church remains a curiosity that needs exploring. There is hardly any information on why this is the case. As a matter of fact, little or no studies have been done, not even by Canadian Catholic historians, to address this concern. Furthermore, the religious experience of indigenous African Canadians is often, if not always, discussed within the context of non-Catholic, especially Baptist, religious affiliation. It is as if African Canadians are allergic to Catholicism or never existed on the Canadian soil or, if they existed, their presence and experience are not worth the attention and mention in the historical consciousness of Canadians and Canadian Catholic Church. The paper, therefore, is a precursory enquiry into this anomaly. Also it is a modest attempt to sensitize and create, in the Canadian Catholic Church and society, the necessary awareness of the anomaly and then suggest possible ways of redressing the anomaly.

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