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Current Events

2022 Speaker Series
2022 Immigrant Catholicism speaker series
Immigrant Catholicism in the U.S.

Starting on January 18, our new speaker series will be taking a look at several different
 immigrant/migrant communities in the U.S. Catholic Church--Filipino, Polish, Vietnamese, Mexican, and Black Catholics. Join us to explore their stories, their challenges, and their contributions. 

Please note: We are planning to hold these events in person, with the requirement that attendees show proof of vaccination (or negative COVID test results received within 72 hours of the event) and wear a mask/face covering, which DePaul currently requires for everyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status. We will be monitoring the COVID situation and follow the university's lead to make adjustments as necessary. 

January 18

American Warsaw: Polish Catholic Immigrants in Chicago (details)

Dominic A. Pacyga (bio)
Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia College
Author of American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago

March 1

Vietnamese American Catholics...or American Vietnamese Catholics? Their Challenges & Contributions to the U.S. Church

Peter C. Phan (bio)
Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University
Author of Vietnamese-American Catholics and Christianity with an Asian Face

April 5

Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican

Deborah Kanter (bio)
Chair of Latin American & Latino History, Albion College
Author of Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican

May 1

The Utang Ng Loob of Filipino-American Catholics

Aprilfaye Manalang (bio)
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Norfolk State University
Recipient of the John Templeton Foundation's Early Career Award

May 17

Black Catholics from Migration to Revolution

Matthew J. Cressler (bio)
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, College of Charleston
Author of Authentically Black & Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migration


Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (Cicero, IL)
January 18

American Warsaw: Polish Catholic Immigrants in Chicago (details)

Join Dominic Pacyga, emeritus professor of history at Columbia College Chicago and author of American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago, to delve into the rich history and modern-day legacy of the Polish Catholics that have come to the city of Chicago since the 1850s.

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