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Mount to Host Lecture on Race and the Catholic Church


Riverdale, N.Y. – Mount Saint Vincent is hosting a lecture by Fr. Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theological Studies and Social Ethics at Fordham University, Wednesday, November 8 at 4 p.m. in the President’s Reception Room in Founders Hall.

The lecture, “Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church—in the Age of Trump,” will highlight social tensions and divisions in the United States, which have increased during the current presidency. This socio-political situation calls for a more effective engagement and response from the Catholic and other Christian faith communities committed to upholding the human dignity of the marginalized.

Fr. Massingale is one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of African-American theological ethics, racial justice, and liberation theology. The author of more than 80 articles, book chapters, and book reviews for publications including Theological Studies, New Theology Review, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Philosophy and Theology, Journal of Religion and Society, The National Catholic Reporter, and Catholic Peace Voice, he joined the Fordham theology faculty in fall 2016. His book, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, which has challenged and encouraged the Catholic Church to welcome people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, received a first place book award from the Catholic Press Association. Previously, Fr. Massingale served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and as convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. He holds two honorary degrees.

The lecture is presented by various Mount departments and programs, including Communication, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Sociology, Political Science, and Women’s Studies, as well as Angelicum—a student club that promotes discussion about religious studies topics—and the Sisters of Charity of New York’s Office of Peace, Justice, and Integrity of Creation.

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.