To commemorate Juneteenth, join us for a panel discussion with Black Catholic women on experiences bringing their full self to the Church.
"What does it mean to be Black and Catholic? It means that I come to my Church fully functioning. That doesn’t frighten you, does it? I come to my Church fully functioning. I bring myself, my Black self, all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to become, I bring my whole history, my traditions, my experience, my culture, my African American song and dance and gesture and movement and teaching and preaching and healing and responsibility as a gift to the Church." - Sr. Thea Bowman
Join us for a live conversation on Sunday, June 19 from 6-7pm EST.
Kara Dixon is a reporter in Norfolk, Virginia. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism where she participated in the CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship Program led by UNC and WRAL. During college, Kara was a member of Capital News Service and ViewFinder presented by the University of Maryland. Both programs won numerous regional and national awards.
Chenele Shaw holds a B.A. in theology from Ave Maria University and is the co-director of the Before Gethsemane Initiative and Director of Youth Ministry at the Diocese of Orlando. She hosts the podcast Ave Spotlight with Ave Maria Press, secretary for The Human Condition Community, and is a contributing writer to Catholic publications including The Grotto Network and Our Sunday Visitor.
Justina Kopp is a stay-at-home mom living in the Twin Cities, MN with her husband, Matthew, and their quadruplet toddlers. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of St. Thomas – MN, and she currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Catholic Studies.
Sophie Baril Sachs earned her undergraduate degree from Nova Southeastern University and her master’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University in DC. She currently works in international economics.