Witness & Grace Conversation: Sisters of Selma

In November 2020, Global Sisters Report and the National Catholic Reporter jointly sponsored two events in celebration of Black Catholic History Month.

  • November 17:  Sisters of Selma session. The session recording and resources referenced by our presenters can be found below. 
  • November 19:  Three Black Catholics Continuing the Journey. The session recording and resources referenced by our presenters can be found here.

Watch the November 17 session recording

Resources:

The documentary* "Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change" is now available through Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.

Read. Since August, Global Sisters Report has featured biweekly interviews with Catholic sisters and former sisters who worked and/or marched in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. We wanted to hear their thoughts about current racial events, protests and Black Lives Matter. The series is entitled Sisters of Selma Q & A series, with the interviews conducted by our session presenter, Carol Colburn. Read the series.

Learn. Here is the selected historical context that we heard in the session. 

Pray. Here are the opening and closing prayers we used in the session:
 
Opening Prayer:
Loving God, help us not to look forward in fear to changing things;
may we instead look ahead full of hope.
Help us to trust that You, whose very own we are, will lead us,
though we may sometimes feel lost and concerned.
Liberate us from fear of what may happen tomorrow
so that we can use our full energy to make tomorrow better for others and for ourselves.
Confident that You are with us today and every day,
may we set aside anxious thoughts and imaginings.
Even as we confront real obstacles --- ignorance and evil and the effects of sin ---
may we remain grounded in hope and be promoters of peace.
Amen.
- St Francis de Sales

Closing Prayer
Oh holy one, 
remind me to answer the highest calling of my heart
and stand up for what i believe. 
Remind me to walk with the wind,
and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be my guide. 
Remind me to do this in your holy name,  Amen.
- John Lewis

*SISTERS OF SELMA (2007)
A co-production of HartFilms & Alabama Public Television featuring:

  • Sisters of Saint Joseph of Rochester: Mary Paul Geck  |  Barbara Lum  |  Josepha Twomey  |  Marie Albert Albertson  |  Mary Weaver
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary: Antona Ebo 
  • Sisters Of St. Joseph of Carondelet: Roberta Schmidt  |  Rosemary Flanigan  |  Barbara Moore
  • Sisters of Loretto: Therese Stawowy  |  Christine Nava
  • Sisters of Charity of The Blessed Virgin Mary: Mary Ann Sommer

 

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