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(Fredron) DeKarlos Blackmon has served as the Secretariat Director of Life, Charity, and Justice since 2015. He came to the position after not only having served in parochial and education ministry in the Diocese of Birmingham, but also having served as the Sixteenth Supreme Knight, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of the Knights of Peter Claver and President of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights.  

He serves as the Diocesan Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Director of Social Concerns, and the Coordinator of Black Ministry. In addition to his diocesan responsibilities, he serves on many boards. He has served as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Cultural Diversity for African American Affairs. Over the years, he has been actively involved in pastoral ministry, outreach, developing youth, and promoting civic improvement. DeKarlos holds paramount the responsibility to bring faith into the public square—standing arduously for the hard right as opposed to the easy wrong. DeKarlos presents workshops on catechesis, liturgy, pastoral ministry, Catholic education, and leadership throughout the country. He has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Secretariat Director • Life, Charity and Justice
(Social Concerns, Black Ministry, and Catholic Campaign for Human Development)

Diocese of Austin

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Johnnie Dorsey is currently the Financial Consultant for the USCCB Region X Unity Explosion 2020.  He is the immediate past Director of the Office of Black Catholics for the Diocese of Austin, former Vice-President of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators and former member of the Board of Trustees for the National Black Catholic Congress. 


He is a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Austin, Texas where he serves as Co-Chair of the Holy Cross Men’s Ministry, Lector, and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.  He is Co-Facilitator of the Holy Cross Courageous Conversations on Racism Committee.


He is a member of the Knights of Peter Claver Council 284 and former Grand Knight of the Council.  He is currently the Faithful Scribe for Assembly #40 of the 4th Degree Knights of Peter Claver of which he is the immediate past Faithful Navigator.  He serves as a Co-Chair for the KPC Meals on Wheels Committee and the KPC Food Drive Committee.  He is a member of the Knights of Peter Claver Texas State Conference KPC 100 Club Committee.


He is a Veteran of the US Air Force and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.  He retired from the IBM Corporation and from the City of Austin Health and Human Services Department where he held the position of Financial Manager with both employers.


He is the husband of Dean Dorsey and the father of Johnnie Dorsey, Jr. (Deceased) and Shannon Johnson.  Johnnie and Dean are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Financial Consultant for the USCCB Region X - Unity Explosion 2020 Conference

Diocese of Austin

Johnnie Dorsey, Sr.



Director • Office Of African American Ministry

Diocese of Beaumont

Linda Duhon-LaCour

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Carol was born and raised in Cambridge MA.  She became a military wife in 1954 and travelled with her family to Germany, Colorado, Ohio, and finally to San Antonio 3 times. She is the mother of 9 children, 43 great grands, 18 great-great grands and 3 great-great-great grand. Carol Graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Social Work She taught Social Research and Social Work Classes  at OLLUSA for 5 years. She attended Diaconate classes with her husband Deacon Tom who was ordained in 1982 after retiring from the USAF and they served at Holy Redeemer as a Deacon Couple for 23 years before his death in 2004.  Carol has served the Archdiocese in many capacities first as the Director of St. P.J’s for 12 years, as Deacon Couple for 23 years , campus minister for 4 years and Director of Campus Ministry for twelve years for the Archdiocese until her retirement 5 years ago. She has served on many National, Regional, Archdiocesan  and local  Committees.  She is presently the Archdiocesan Liaison for the Black Catholic Apostolate and does full time volunteer work at her parish as  Librarian, Resource Coordinator, Chair of the Liturgy Committee, Member of the Pastoral Council,  Grant Writer and anything else her pastor needs.  She is a Level 3 Catechist and has been teaching Level 1 & 2 Classes for the Catechetical Center for many years.  She has been team leader for R.C.I.A. for the past several years.

Recipient of the Service of Light Award from the National Black Catholic Congress honoring those who gave above and beyond service to the African American Catholic Community

Recipient of the Christifidelis Award in honor of Archbishop Flores – the Highest award given by the Archdiocese of San Antonio  for outstanding service.

 Archdiocesan Liaison for the Black Catholic Apostolate

Archdiocese of San Antonio