Bryan Massingale

Dr. Bryan Massingale, a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University and Catholic priest, will be the keynote speaker for Martin Luther King, Jr. week. His talk, “Redeeming the Soul of America: The Challenge of King’s Vision to the Faith Community” will take place on Tuesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. in the BAC at CSB. A consultant to many faith-based justice organizations, he served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.

David Wuolu and I write to invite you to attend a Koch luncheon book discussion of his work, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at CSB. Those who attend the luncheon will receive a copy of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, compliments of the CSB/SJU libraries and the IISS. Space is very limited, so the first 23 respondents will receive confirmation that a space has been reserved for them and further details about the lunch location. Once you receive your lunch confirmation, you can pick up your book at the Clemens or Alcuin library. Please RSVP to Judy Shank at to reserve a space. The luncheon will be held at 11:45-1:00 in Gorecki 120. 

 Here is brief description of the book from Orbis:

Confronting racism is difficult but essential work if we are to heal the brokenness in our society and our church. In the author's words, "We all are wounded by the sin of racism... How can we struggle together against an evil that harms us all?" Racial Justice and the Catholic Church examines the presence of racism in America from its early history through the Civil Rights Movement and the election of Barack Obama. It also explores how Catholic social teaching has been used--and not used--to promote reconciliation and justice. Massingale writes from an abiding conviction that the Catholic faith and the black experience make essential contributions in the continuing struggle against racial injustice that is the work of all people. His book is essential reading for all those concerned with justice and healing in our world.