This Far By Faith: Celebrating Black Catholic History


Location: Basilica of the Sacred Heart (View on

Join Campus Ministry, MSPS, and STAR-ND as we celebrate Black Catholic History with a series of events throughout the month of November. 

“For nearly 450 years on the North American continent, Catholics of African descent nurtured and maintained their faith and took courage and inspiration from it to sustain resistance against the oppression of slavery and create life-giving spaces and opportunities. This was nearly 450 years of uncommon faithfulness.” ~ M. Shawn Copeland, PhD, Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience

Mass Celebrations

Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5:15 p.m. 
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Presided by Most Rev. Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxilary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Music by Voices of Faith Gospel Choir, directed my Emorja Roberson
Reception to follow at 6:30 Remick Commons


Panel Discussion: U.S. Bishop’s Pastoral Letter Against Racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts: the enduring call to love”

Friday, Nov. 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Coffee House, Geddes Hall

Moderator: Kate Barrett, Associate Director of Liturgy, Campus Ministry 


Most Rev. Bishop Joseph Perry, Archdiocese of Chicago
Dr. Darren Davis, Department of Political Science
Dr. Cecilia Lucero, First Year Studies

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