Black and Catholic Artists: Catholicism as Foundation and Inspiration


Thursday, November 14, 2019
Cecilia Moore, Ph.D., University of Dayton

Cecilia A. Moore, has taught at the University of Dayton in the Department of Religious Studies since 1996 and at Xavier University of Louisiana since 1998, where she currently is the Associate Director of the Degree Program for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Her area of specialization is U.S. Catholic history and currently she is working on the history of black conversion to Roman Catholicism in the 20th century.

All lectures are free and are held at 7pm in Student Center 160 (LeRoux Room) at Seattle University

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Share the Journey

Pope Francis has called on us to join him in the “Share the Journey” initiative to highlight the plight of migrants and refugees around the world who have been driven from their homes. He asks us to love our neighbor and travel with them as they seek the lives of dignity and fulfillment that God intends for us all. Visit to find a diverse collection of resources that will help you and others gain insight into the migration experience. These resources include suggestions on how to engage your community on these topics during Mass, school, and community gatherings.

"Poverty has a face, and it also has a voice."

But that voice often does not penetrate the wall of fear, misconception and prejudice that can separate people who are poor from those of us who have what we need. The voice of poverty can be drowned out or ignored in the halls of government, where other legitimate demands for resources also resound.>

In our listening sessions, we heard “the cry of poor” (Psalm 34). We are writing this pastoral letter to all people of good faith and to political leaders because we heard in the voices of people who are poor both a plea for mercy and a desire to participate fully in the life of their communities."

--from A Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops of the State of Washington.

Seattle University Joins Statement of AJCU Presidents on Undocumented Students

As Presidents of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities we feel spiritually and morally compelled to raise a collective voice confirming our values and commitments as Americans and educators. We represent colleges and universities from across our nation with more than 215,000 students and 21,000 faculty, and over 2 million living alumni.

Grounded in our Catholic and Jesuit mission, we are guided by our commitment to uphold the dignity of every person, to work for the common good of our nation, and to promote a living faith that works for justice. We see our work of teaching, scholarship and the formation of minds and spirits as a sacred trust.

"I want to help connect and heal people."

Read more about what the ICTC has meant to Victoria, Nursing, class of 2017.

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The Last Jesuit: On the Leaving of Indian Missions in the Northwest

Wednesday, October 16  12:15-1:30pm in Hunt 110


There has been a great cultural shift in the last twenty years, in both the Society of Jesus and in the identity of tribal people in the United States. The research is focused on what is occurring in the realm of religion and spirituality on traditionally Jesuit- Catholic reservations on the Columbia Plateau of the Pacific Northwest, and how this history now informs the development of Indian spirituality. This presentation is a brief overview of my work with people of the Coeur d’Alene Reservation in Idaho.

Ted Fortier is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in Indigenous Spirituality, Culture change and People of the Pacific Northwest. He is the founder of the Anthropology Department at Seattle University. His courses include Indigenous Rights, Archaeology of the Pacific Northwest, Indigenous Human Rights, Darwin and Evolution, Anthropology of Religion , Shamanism and Cultural Anthropology.


Interreligious Dialogue Initiative Lecture Series Presents

The Crossroads Matrix:  Spirituality, Cosmopolitanism and Black Subjectivity
in Fela! On Broadway and Marvel’s Black Panther

By Saheed Yinka Adejumobi, Ph.D.
Department of History, Global African Studies, and Film Studies

Date: Wednesday, October 23 
Location: Harding 143 
Time: 4:00pm


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