Black catholic history: Vision, Voice, and Vigilance   

A CRJC webinar and discussion exploring Black Catholic leaders whose vision, voice and vigilance still speak to us today. Recorded on February 28, 2021.

upcoming events: 

November 15, 2021- 6:00-7:30 pm 

What Racism Costs Everyone

A Discussion with Heather McGhee

Join Heather McGhee, author of New York Times best-seller The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together and former Demos President, and Stand Up KC and MO Poor People's Campaign leaders Terrence Wise and Bridget Hughes for a discussion about how racism hurts us all and our path to an economy that works for everyone. Click here to register. 

November 11, 2021- 6:00 pm 

Still Mining the Forgotten: Black Catholic Nuns in United States History

Presented by Shannen Dee Williams, Associate Professor, University of Dayton

See attached event flier for additional details. 

November 7, 3:00 - 4:30 pm 

Black Catholic History: Celebrating our Ancestors

The history of black Catholics in the archdiocese of St. Louis—a history of resilience and faithfulness despite hardship—is a heritage that we all share. Join Winnie Sullivan as she journeys back to our city’s founding to honor the lives and contributions of African American Catholics and others of our ances- tors who, early on, sought racial equity in our Church. Sullivan is a parishioner at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church where she serves on the Pastoral Coun- cil, is co-chair of the parish’s Antiracism Team, and a member of its Racism and Reconciliation Com- mittee. She is a writer, editor, and publisher who currently is completing a biography of Sister Mary Antona Ebo. F.S.M. Co-Sponsored by St. Pius V Catholic Church Anti-racism & Equity Committee and The St. Louis Archdiocesan Offices of Racial Harmony and Peace & Justice. Click here to register or use this Zoom link.

Event flier to share with your parish

November 7, 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
The True History of the East Saint Louis Race War  :: St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church

All are invited to join us for a discussion of the 1917 East Saint Louis “Race Riots,” led by Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Brown, S.J., Ph.D. Father Brown will discuss the three days of mob violence massacre in his home town, unpacking the causes of this horrific incident. Guests are also welcome (but not required) to join for the Rock’s weekly Mass at 10am. There will be a short break before the 12pm lecture with light refreshments in the parish gym.

Guests are encouraged to watch this video before attending:

Click here to learn more. 

Area Vigils:

3rd Fridays  |  5-6pm  Manchester & Kingshighway (The Grove)

Vigil for BLM and racial justice

Join the St. Cronan faith community for a monthly vigil for Black lives every third Friday.


Friday, August 6  |  1pm  First Friday Prayer Vigil - VIRTUAL

On the First Friday of each month, Catholic Mobilizing Network holds a Virtual Prayer Vigil to lament upcoming executions and bear witness to the inviolable dignity of all human life. These virtual spaces offer a place to pray together as a faith community in response to the injustice of the death penalty.

Tuesdays  |  6-7pm
College Church (SLU)


Tuesdays  |  5-6pm (winter hours)
Eliot Chapel (Kirkwood)

Third Fridays | 5-6pm

Corner of Manchester & Kingshighway (The Grove)

Saturdays  | 11:30am-12:30pm
Rotating West County sites (WE CAN)

Past Collaborative Events:

Sunday, October 31  Catholic Racial Justice Sunday 

An observance of Catholic teaching affirming love of all neighbors and a commitment to racial equity. 
Event materials are available for all to use. 

Standing for Justice Prayer Vigil - June 2020

St. Louis Review article covering the event can be found here

Conference on Hope in the Struggle against Racism - October 2019

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