Sister Desiré Participates in 12th National Black Catholic Congress

Sister Desiré Participates in 12th National Black Catholic Congress


123S Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, CSSF was among the more than 2,000 delegates attending the Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando, FL, from

July 6-9.

Attendees gathered from dioceses across the nation to learn from each other and draw inspiration from speakers such as Cardinal Peter Turkson, the head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL, and Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, IL, author of the pastoral letter and study guide “The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015.”

Amid workshops on prayer, Bible study, and prison ministries were sessions on racism as a destructive force and lessons learned in the St. Louis Archdiocese from the unrest in Ferguson after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

The theme of Congress XII was The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: act justly, love goodness, and walk humbly with your God.

During the opening Mass, held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Sister Desiré proclaimed the first reading and later spoke on the topic of prayer on both Friday and Saturday during the conference.

Sister Desiré said her talk incorporated ideas surrounding prayer as sacrifice, as relationship, and ritual prayer. To read her blog post which includes the talk she prepared, click here.

Sister Desiré is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the conference and, not only to have shared an important aspect of her life as a Felician, but also to have attended as a black Catholic.

“It was a unique cultural experience and one that I hope to take part in again as I form my identity in light of my faith and ethnicity.”

However, she noted, anyone can attend since it is not a conference held exclusively for black Catholics. “Unfortunately, it only takes place every five years, but 2022 will likely come soon enough!”

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