Celebrating Women Witnesses for Racial Justice-Prayers and Presentations

Long before there were black priests in the United States, there were black Catholic sisters. Since 1824, hundreds of black women and girls have professed the religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the U.S. Catholic Church. By consecrating themselves to God and dedicating their lives to education and social justice black sisters renounced an outside world that deemed all black people inferior and immoral and provided a powerful refutation to the insidious racial and sexual stereotypes used by white supremacists to justify African-American exclusion from U.S. citizenship rights and the ranks of
religious life in the Church.

The historical record reveals that Black sisters and their schools were frequent targets of white supremacists who viewed these women and their institutions as threats to the racial and sexual status quo. Yet, at the root of the extraordinary journey of the nation’s Black Catholic sisters is a fundamental understanding that racism and exclusion have no place within the Catholic church.  Black women of God believed wholeheartedly in Catholic social teaching and its embrace of universal humanity. Black nuns pushed the church to be truly Catholic and to do what it said it did for all people.  DOWNLOAD EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES HERE


PRAYER SERVICES & PRESENTATIONS

January 17, 2021 at 7pm EST - Prayer Service Inspired by Sr. Thea Bowman
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November 29, 2020 at 7pm EST - Advent Prayer Service Inspired by Mother Mary Lange
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November 1, 2020 at 7pm EST: - All Saints Day Prayer Service Inspired by Sr. Antona Ebo
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