Thank you for joining us for the St. Francis'
Black History Month Event!! 

We had an amazing presentation by the passionate and dynamic Dr. Chris Pernell, Public Health & Health Equity Champion.  We also honored our lost heroes and departed St. Francis family members, and recognized those who lost their lives to racial violence and injustice.

The Power Point presentation (slides) can be found here. 


Black History Month Celebration at St. Francis Church


On Sunday, February 13th, St. Francis’, Dunellen will observe Black History Month with a special event following the 10 a.m. Worship Service (11:15 a.m. approx.).  We will begin the event with a tribute to our heroes that we lost in 2021-2022, such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sidney Poitier.  Our keynote address will be given by Dr. Chris Pernell, the “Apostle of Public Health”, and will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Chris.






In her public health practice, Dr. Chris, as she is known, focuses on health justice, community-based advocacy, health promotion, and disease prevention.  NJBiz named her a Public Health Hero in 2020 and she received The Ron Davis Special Recognition Award from the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). Known for her spearheading work in the greater Newark area, she serves on the Essex County Civilian Task Force as a medical expert.  Prison reform, care for justice-involved populations, evidence-based wellness programs, civic health, and high-quality education are areas of impassioned focus.  She is a frequent contributor across television, radio, and print media, including an appearance on CBS This Morning.  


We look forward to welcoming Dr. Chris and YOU to St. Francis!  The event will be livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook; please click below or visit our website homepage for links to the event.  

Preregistration is not required.  


See you on Sunday, February 13th, @ 11:15 a.m. on                               or                 


Please visit: 

     St. Francis Church, Dunellen:

     Dr. Chris Pernell Profile:

     Dr. Chris Pernell TV appearance:

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