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Black Catholic spotlight: Fr. Aubry Osborn

In honor of Black Catholic History Month,  the Office of Black Catholic Ministries is providing brief sketches of persons and entities important to the Black Catholic community in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
 On May 30, 1953, Father Aubry Osborn became the first African-American to be ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Father Osborn was born on Nov. 20, 1922, to Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Osborn Sr. in Algiers. He attended All Saints School, Xavier Preparatory High School, St. Augustine’s Minor Seminary in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi (1940-44), St. Mary’s Mission House in Techny, Illinois (1944-47) and St. John University in Collegeville, Minnesota

In 1949, he entered Notre Dame Seminary to complete his major seminary education. Upon ordination in 1953, Archbishop Joseph Rummel appointed Father Osborn assistant pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Gross Tete, north of Baton Rouge. He served the St. Joseph Community from June 1953 until October 1960, when Archbishop Rummel named him founding pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Baton Rouge.

In 1962, Father Osborn began his second pastorate at Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Scotlandville, where he ministered until his death on Sept. 11, 1973 in Hyattsville, Maryland.

In additional to his pastoral duties, Father Osborn served on the board of the directors of the National Liturgical Conference.

Next week: St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Marrero.

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