BLOOMFIELD – The Archbishop O’Brien Library and archdiocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministries are teaming up to sponsor a two-part presentation titled “The Emergence of Black Catholic Women and Men in the United States – A Historical Perspective” at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary.
The series will focus on black Catholic roots in the South, and in particular, the contributions of black women religious, especially the Oblates of Providence and the Congregation of the Holy Family during the period that begins in the 1830s and continues through the pre-Civil War era of the 1860s and into the 20th century, including Connecticut’s own story.
The presentations will highlight those whose indomitable spirit and courage paved the way and gave hope to people of color who suffered from grave injustice. These luminaries include Sister Elizabeth Lange, Henriette DeLille, Bishop John Neumann, Thea Bowman, Cyprian Davis, Martin Luther King and others who were inspired to lead the way.
Sister of Mercy Dolores Liptak, historian and educator, will present the first part on Feb. 21 (March 7 in case of snow). Deacon Arthur Miller, director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries, will present the second part at the same time on March 7 (with a snow date of March 14).
Both presentations will be from10 a.m. to noon and will include question-and-answer sessions. Both presenters will remain on hand afterward to offer additional insights.
Sister Dolores holds a doctorate from the University of Connecticut. She has been working in the field of American church history for many decades. Among the topics about which she has taught and written extensively are minorities, including ethnic and racial groups, as well as women religious.
The author of several books and numerous articles, she is known to Connecticut Catholics for her Hartford’s Catholic Legacy: Leadership (1999). She has addressed many groups, including a White House-sponsored Women’s Conference (2000) on the role of Catholic women in the development of the church.
Deacon Miller has directed the Office of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Hartford since 2005 and currently serves as deacon at St. Mary Parish in Simsbury. He is an author, radio host and former television host. He has addressed social justice issues at public forums, houses of worship, schools and universities across the country. Deacon Miller is the author of the book Journey to Chatham, published by AuthorHouse in 2005.
The archdiocesan center is located at 467 Bloomfield Ave.
Organizers are recommending registration, which is being taken by the Office of Black Catholic Ministries at 860-243-0648 or the Archbishop O’Brien Library at 860-242-5573, ext. 2692 or 2608. Directions may be found at www.stseminary.org.
The programs are free and open to the public. All are invited. Refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted.