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Black Catholic Round-up (1/10/2021)

The latest #BlackCatholicRoundup includes a new initiative on the 6 US Black Catholic saints, a series of history features, and more.

The latest entry in our #BlackCatholicRoundup series, which amplifies Black Catholic news coming from other outlets. (Note: inclusion here does not necessarily indicate BCM's full endorsement of the story's material.)


Postdoctoral Fellow - Institute for Black Catholic Studies/Theology
The Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) and the Department of Theology at Xavier University of Louisiana invite applicants for a postdoctoral fellow position in Theology for the 2021-22 academic year beginning August 2021. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D., Th.D., or D.Min. in Theology o…
A joint position with IBCS and XULA, assisting a research initiative for the six African-Americans on the path to sainthood.

In Memoriam

A final requiem for an extraordinary nun
2020 was a year of monumental losses for the nation’s community of women religious. Among them was the passing of 88-year-old Oblate Sister of Providence, Mary Reginald Gerdes.


I dig through archives to unearth hidden stories from African-American history
Many years ago, as a graduate student searching in the archives of Spanish Florida, I discovered the first “underground railroad” of enslaved Africans...
As part of the Lepage Center’s six-part event series on “Decolonizing History,” in November we explored the theme of “Decolonizing the Church.” We began with a talk by Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt…
Holy Rosary board breaks ground on building’s repair, 40-acre redevelopment plan
The redevelopment board for the Holy Rosary Institute broke ground on a long-awaited effort to restore an historic part of the city’s Black community.
Pictures from the groundbreaking here.
St. Rita’s Academy and the Oblate Sisters of Providence | Missouri Historical Society
The story of St. Rita’s Academy—a convent and parochial school for African American girls—begins decades before its founding in 1912.
Republished this month in the Black newspaper The St. Louis American.
Q&A with William G. Thomas III, author of ‘A Question of Freedom’
In the United States, enslaved people and their families used court systems to fight for their freedom. Here’s a look at some notable examples.


Marchers urge city officials not to overlook ‘virus of violence’
The Rev. Michael Pfleger and about 150 demonstrators marched along Michigan Avenue on Thursday.



Joint ministry unites two parishes in fight against racism
After last spring’s protests against the killing of Black Americans and urgent calls for reform, the Joint Catholic Ministry on Racial Justice brought together parishioners of North Philadelphia and Delaware County parishes to end

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