This Far By Faith: Celebrating Black Catholic History


Join Campus Ministry, McGrath Institute for Church Life, and MSPS as we celebrate Black Catholic History with a series of events throughout the month of November. 

“For nearly 450 years on the North American continent, Catholics of African descent nurtured and maintained their faith and took courage and inspiration from it to sustain resistance against the oppression of slavery and create life-giving spaces and opportunities. This was nearly 450 years of uncommon faithfulness.” ~ M. Shawn Copeland, PhD, Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience

Mass Celebrations

Sunday, November 4 at 4:00 p.m.
Dunne Hall
Celebration of St. Martin de Porres
Presided by Fr. Paulinus I. Odozor, C.S.Sp., Department of Theology

Sunday, November 11 at 11:45 a.m.
Mission Sunday with Celebration of Black Catholic Liturgy

Sunday, November 18 at 10:00 p.m. 
Welsh Family Hall
Celebration of Black Faith in the U.S.
Presided by Fr. Paulinus I. Odozor, C.S.Sp., Department of Theology


Panel Discussion: Is ‘Black Lives Matter’ a Pro-Life Issue?

Monday, November 12 at 12:30 p.m.
Midfield Commons, Duncan Student Center
Guest Panelists: 
    Shawnee Daniels-Sykes
        Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, Mount Mary University
    Jessica Keating
        Director of the Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives, McGrath Institute for Church Life
    Kyle Lantz 
        Director of the Social Concerns Seminars Program, Social Justice Representative

Closing Celebration


Monday, November 19

5:15 p.m.
Closing celebration of Black Catholic History Month with Bishop Fernand J. Cheri, Archdiocese of New Orleans and Deacon Mel Tardy, First Year of Studies

6:30 p.m.
Remick Commons, ACE Building
Closing celebration reception with Bishop Fernand J. Cheri, Archdiocese of New Orleans


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