Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Monastery,Seminary Event

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.jpgFr. 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 Theater.

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 chronicled.

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 Historical Society.

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.