Cyprian Davis (Author),

The History of Black Catholics in the United States

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  • Title: The History of Black Catholics in the United States
  • Page Count: 366
  • Available Formats: Trade-paper (9780824514952)
  • Edition: Trade Paper
  • Original language: English
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Cyprian Davis (Author)

Reverend Cyprian Davis, O.S.B. is Professor of Church History at St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana. He received his B.A. from St. Meinrad College in 1953 and Ph.D. in History from University of Louvain in 1977. He also holds an S.T.L. from Catholic University of America. In 2001, Fr. Davis was awarded an honorary degree from University of Notre Dame for his contributions to our understanding of Black Catholic history.

  1. "The story of the black Catholic community in the United States begins with the story of the Catholic church in Africa." With this historical overview, Davis, professor at Indiana's St. Meinrad School of Theology, begins his task—"to retrieve a mislaid memory" of the black Catholic presence in the United States for the last 300 years. The issue of slavery—including the uneasy responses of America's first bishop, John Carroll, in the late 18th century, and the pro-slavery views of John Hughes, outspoken archbishop of New York during the Civil War--is positioned within the political and social fabric of those centuries. Yet, as shown in this masterfully concise history, the faith flourished among such black Catholics as Pierre Toussaint, the 19th-century New Yorker now proposed for sainthood. Studded with personal stories, this is a chronicle both sad and inspiring. Davis's groundbreaking research should pave the way for further exploration of the growing black Catholic community."
    --Publishers Weekly
  2. “A goldmine. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
    --Commonweal
  3. “The fullest and most sensitive treatment to date. All students of religion and African-American history can learn from it.”
    --Journal of Southern History
  4. “One of a dozen books that every Catholic should read.”
    --U.S. Catholic

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