St. Josephine Bakhita Parish is composed of three major cultural families: African American, Hispanic and Euro-American. We have two sites of worship -the Church of St. Bartholomew on Kaighn Avenue in Camden and St. Joan of Arc Church on Alabama Road in Fairview Village, Camden. These churches are about two miles apart.
St. Bartholomew was founded as an African American parish in 1940 through the efforts of black families and their friends at a time when blacks were not well welcomed in many Catholic Churches.
St. Joan of Arc served the ship builders of historic Yorkship Village, celebrating the first Mass in 1919 at the site of the former Chubby's Restaurant. To welcome the growing number of Latinos, a Hispanic community was nurtured at St. Joan of Arc in 2000.
The vision of Bishop Joseph Galante, was that the merger bring about parishes dynamic in ministry and mission; that are able to hire professional staff and do effective outreach to the community. Under the inspiration of St. Josephine Bakhita we intend to be such a community of communities.