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"Doing THE WORK: Anti-Racism and the Catholic Church" Opens LCE 2022-2023 Series

"Doing THE WORK: Anti-Racism and the Catholic Church" Opens LCE 2022-2023 Series

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022




St. Jerome’s University (SJU) celebrates 40 years of our Lectures in Catholic Experience (LCE) series this year. Join us to listen to Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt present her lecture titled “Doing THE WORK: Anti-Racism and the Catholic Church.” Dr. Pratt’s lecture will launch our 2022-2023 six-part LCE series. During her lecture, Dr. Pratt will discuss her research regarding the systemic racism in the Catholic Church and its impact on African-American Catholics. She will also discuss ways to engage the Church in anti-racism efforts.


We are pleased announce that the 2022-2023 Lectures in Catholic Experience series will be returning to an in-person format and will be located in the Notre Dame Chapel, SJ1 Classrooms & Library Building, at St Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario. Doors will open at 6:45 pm EST, and the lecture will begin at 7:30 pm EST. Light refreshments will be served prior to the lecture, and there will be a question-and-answer period following the lecture. Free parking is located on-site, and the building is wheelchair accessible. Please visit our LCE website or registration details and to access the link to the live-stream of Dr. Pratt’s lecture.


Vice President Academic and Dean of SJU, Dr. Carol Ann MacGregor notes, “My years living in New Orleans were full of encounters with the vibrant African-American Catholic tradition. This is not something my Catholic elementary and secondary education and my own studies in Sociology of Catholicism had given me much insight into beyond vague references to “Catholic means universal” and “the Global Church”. I am thrilled that our Lectures in Catholic Experience series will kick off this year with Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt whose work is at the forefront of the exploration of the most pressing questions in Sociology of Catholicism and who brings to us her impressive record of fostering personal reflection and institutional change.”


“Dr. Pratt’s research on racism in the Catholic church, highlighting the experiences of African-Americans, is a timely one for St. Jerome’s University.  Our University’s new strategic plan prioritizes the importance of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for our community as an expression of our Catholic mission and identity.” Says Dr. Peter Meehan, President and Vice Chancellor of SJU. “I know that her talk will both enlighten and engage us as we move forwards to build a more just community that is cognizant of and committed to the human dignity of all of its members.”


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Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD is the Assistant Vice President for Mission Engagement and Strategic Initiatives, Courtesy Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Editor of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. A sociologist of religion by training, Dr. Pratt received her PhD in Sociology from Fordham University in 2010. For more than twenty years, Dr. Pratt has researched and written about systemic racism in the Catholic Church in the U.S. and its impact on African-American Catholic identity. Dr. Pratt is also the curator of the #BlackCatholicsSyllabus. Dr. Pratt is currently working on a book, Faithful and Devoted: Racism and Identity in the African-American Catholic Experience. Her academic work has been featured in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion and multiple edited volumes. Dr. Pratt’s award-winning public scholarship has been featured in Faithfully, Commonweal, The Revealer, National Catholic Reporter, and America.



About Lectures in Catholic Experience

The Lectures in Catholic Experience have been offering the local community opportunities to engage in critical issues of our time since 1982. Scholars, activists, experts, and religious leaders have been invited to address subjects in the areas of religion and politics, spirituality, health care, international relations and human rights, ecological responsibility, religious pluralism, ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, religion and the media, and others.

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