Fr. Cyprian Davis, OSB, to give Black History Lecture February 26
Tuesday, February 26
Time: 7 p.m. CST
Location: St. Bede Theater
Fr. Cyprian Davis, OSB, a monk of
Saint Meinrad Archabbey and professor emeritus of Church history,
will deliver the annual Black History Lecture at Saint Meinrad
Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN.
His talk, "No One Can Walk Alone: A Memoir for African American
Month," will be on Tuesday, February 26, at 7 p.m. CST in St. Bede
One of Fr. Cyprian's major projects, his 1990 publication The
History of Black Catholics in the United States, resulted from
his search for the documents and stories of African-American
Catholics. In 1991, the book received the prestigious John Gilmary
Shea Award from the American Catholic Historical Association.
In collaboration with others, he wrote or edited many other
notable publications, such as Taking Down Our Harps: Black
Catholics in the United States and Stamped with the Image
of God: African Americans as God's Image in Black.
Fr. Cyprian has traveled internationally, giving presentations on
the development of monastic archives at monasteries in Benin,
Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Togo. He also taught Church
history at abbeys in Senegal and Nigeria. His commitment to
historical education in Africa represents an effort to nurture the
roots from which has grown the community whose life he has
In recent months, Fr. Cyprian has received the Distinguished
Teaching Award from the American Catholic Historical Association
and the Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana
The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available
at St. Bede Hall and in the Guest House and student parking lots.
For more information, call Mary Jeanne Schumacher at (812) 357-6501
during business hours.