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Date posted:   Mar 06, 2024

Black Catholic Spirituality

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Fee: $30 | Four Weeks
Explore the Black Catholic experience in the U.S., from the lives of enslaved believers to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the deep faith, prayer, and community that they bring.


This course explores the Black Catholic Christian experience in the United States. The course moves from the experience of enslaved believers to the current experience of Black Catholics who are living through the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. We find hope in the prophetic voices of US Black Catholics on the road to sainthood, particularly Sr. Thea Bowman. This course aims to bring light to the challenges and prejudices faced by Black Catholics, past and present, as well as the deep faith, prayer, and community that they bring to the global Church.


  • Week 1: Who We Are
  • Week 2: Foundations
  • Week 3: Challenging Times
  • Week 4: Hope for the Future

Additional Materials Needed:

All materials are provided within the course.

Content Scholars:

C. Vanessa White, Fr. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., M. Shawn Copeland, Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J., Amey Victoria Adkins-Jones, Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, Sr. Thea Bowman, F.S.P.A.

Image Credit: William H. Johnson, I Baptize Thee, ca. 1940, oil on burlap, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation