Join us for a six week discussion of Fr. Bryan Massingale’s Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. In the author’s words, “We all are wounded by the sin of racism… How can we struggle together against an evil that harms us all?” Racial Justice and the Catholic Church examines the presence of racism in America from its early history through the Civil Rights Movement and the election of Barack Obama. It also explores how Catholic social teaching has been used–and not used–to promote reconciliation and justice.

Sessions will run Wednesday, September 29th through Wednesday, November 3rd from 7:00-8:15pm and will be co-facilitated by Mary Lemire-Campion (Collaborative Coordinator of Pastoral Care), and Michelle Sterk Barrett (parishioner and Director of the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World at the College of the Holy Cross).  We hope to hold all sessions in person at St. Paul Parish Hall, but will shift to an online format as needed.  Please contact Mary with any questions or to register at: Books can be purchased at Wellesley Books or online at or

Fr. Massingale is a Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University. He is a past convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of a America as well as a consultant to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, the National Black Catholic Congress, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, and more. He is a noted authority on issues of social and racial justice, having addressed numerous national Catholic conferences and lectured at colleges and universities around the country. 


Fall Book Study: “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church” by Fr. Bryan Massingale