By Mary Calvi

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A Brooklyn church launched a campaign to have its founding pastor declared a saint.

Monsignor Bernard Quinn began Saint Peter Claver Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant back in 1922 as the first church for Black Catholics in the Brooklyn Diocese.

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He was an early proponent of civil rights and openly took on the Ku Klux Klan decades before the 1960s.

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Church officials said the Diocese begun the process but that it could be 10 years before the Vatican would formally consider sainthood for Monsignor Quinn.

Mary Calvi