Priest to speak on migration of black Catholics


DAVENPORT — This year’s Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture will be delivered by Father Cyprian Davis, OSB, at 7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 24,  in the Rogalski Center Ballroom of St. Ambrose University.

Fr. Davis, who has been called the single most important leader in historical studies of the African-American Catholic Church in the United States, will speak about the Migration of African-American Catholics. He has written numerous books and articles in the area of monastic history and the history and spirituality of African American Catholics in the United States. In 1990 he published “The History of Black Catholics in the United States” (Crossroad), which received the John Gilmary Shea Award in 1991.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The 2010 Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture is part of St. Ambrose University’s Migration Project which examines the many ways in which movements of people, ideas and materials have shaped the modern world.

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