African-American conference to be held March 11 to 13

Author: Michael O. Garvey

A national conference of African-American Catholic scholars and church leaders, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, will be held at the University’s McKenna Hall from March 11 to 13.

The conference, entitled “Uncommon Faithfulness: The Witness of African American Catholics,” will feature 18 speakers representing a wide variety of religious communities and academic disciplines.

According to Timothy Matovina, director of the Cushwa Center, the conference “will examine the latest scholarship on Black Catholics in history and theology, explore critical issues for the ongoing development of African-American Catholic studies, and celebrate and enhance the vitality of Black Catholic life in the United States.”

Speakers at the conference will include Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Belleville, Ill., president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Shawn Copeland, professor of theology at Boston College and president of the Catholic Theological Society of America; Jamie Phelps, professor and director of the Institute of Black Studies at Xavier University of New Orleans; Albert Raboteau, professor of religion at Princeton University; Diana Hayes, professor of theology at Georgetown University; Diane Batts Morrow, professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Georgia; Katrina M. Sanders, assistant professor in the social foundations program at the University of Iowa; and Rev. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., professor of church history at St. Meinrad School of Theology.

The schedule of events and more information are available on the Web at

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