Join us for a morning of contemplation and education as we explore the lives and spirituality of the four African American women who are presently being considered for canonization as saints of the Catholic Church.
Henriette Delille (1812-1862), the first U.S. born African American whose cause for canonization was opened by the Church. She was the daughter of a white man and a mixed-race woman who lived in a common-law relationship and the founder of Sisters of the Holy Family. Others of African descent being considered for canonization are Mary Elizabeth Lange (ca. 1794-1882), founder of the Oblate Sister of Providence in Baltimore; Julia Greely, who was born a slave in Hannibal, Missouri between 1833 and 1848 and was freed in 1863; and Thea Bowman (1937-1990), a Franciscan of Perpetual Adoration, one of the best educated of the Black American sainthood candidates.
A summary of each of their life stories will be presented, their respective works and charisma, and highlights of their spirituality, focusing on contemplative perspectives applicable to our present lives.
Music intervals will provide further times for reflection.
This brief presentation will further enhance our knowledge of African American Catholics throughout different historical periods and circumstances, and deepen out own understandings of the gift of God’s grace on all of us.
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