Msgr. Mitchell Scholarship Dinner
Friday, October 18, 2019
6:00PM – 8:30PM
St. John Neumann Hall
1019 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Tickets will go on sale in June.
Talk and Book Signing: Augustus Tolton, From Slave to Priest
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Archbishop Carrol High School
Registration will open soon.
Father Augustus Tolton was the first identified black American ordained to the priesthood in the United States. He was born into slavery and escaped to freedom with his mother and siblings under harrowing circumstances. Throughout his life he displayed a great devotion to the Lord and the Catholic faith despite facing racism within the Church at nearly every turn. Still, he felt and preached that the Catholic Church’s teaching that all people are children of God regardless of race made it the true church for African Americans in the United States following the Civil War. In Augustus Tolton, Joyce Duriga brings to light his quiet witness as a challenge to prejudices and narrow-mindedness that can keep us insulated from the universal diversity of the kingdom of God.
Mass in Honor of St. Martin de Porres
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul
Presider: Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Featuring the Philadelphia Gospel Catholic Mass Choir
The Real Sister Act: Confronting the Uneasy History of Racial Segregation and Exclusion in U.S. Female Religious Life
Saturday, November 16, 2019
10:00AM – 11:45AM
Shannen Dee Williams joined Villanova’s History Department in the fall 2018 as an assistant professor. Williams earned her Ph.D. in history and a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies from Rutgers University in 2013. She also holds a M.A. in Afro-American studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a B.A. with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Agnes Scott College. Williams spent the 2013-14 academic year as a postdoctoral fellow in the History Department at Case Western Reserve University. From fall 2014 through spring 2018, Williams was Assistant Professor of History at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she co-founded the Fleming-Morrow Endowment in African-American History and established a film and distinguished lecture series in African-American history.
Williams is at work on her first book, Subversive Habits: The Untold Story of Black Catholic Nuns in the United States, which is under contract with Duke University Press. Her research has been supported by a host of awards and fellowships including a Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship for Religion and Ethics from the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, and the John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award from the American Catholic Historical Association. In 2016, Williams began a three-year term as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. In September 2018, Williams received the inaugural Sister Christine Schenk Award for Young Catholic Leadership from Future Church for using history to foster racial justice and reconciliation in religious congregations of women.