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Overview From the continent of Africa come a wealth of saints and other inspirational people included in the Catholic tradition. Some are well-known, like Saints Augustine, a doctor of the church, and his mother, Monica, while others may be unknown to us, such as Blessed Daudi Okelo, and Blessed Jildo Irwa, 20th century Ugandan martyrs. Regardless of popularity, each holy person included in this book displays perseverance in faith and can inspire us all.
Publishers Description From the continent of Africa come a wealth of saints and other inspirational people included in the Catholic tradition. Some are well-known, like Saints Augustine, a doctor of the church, and his mother, Monica, while others may be unknown to us, such as Blessed Daudi Okelo and Blessed Jildo Irwa, twentieth-century Ugandan martyrs. Regardless of popularity, each holy person included in "African Saints, African Stories" displays perseverance in faith and can inspire us all. Dr. Camille Brown has chosen to share forty stories from hundreds, some for the first time, in this book. Each chapter provides a brief biography, a relevant Scripture passage, a prayer and reflection questions. The African men and women included are declared saints, blesseds or venerables in the Catholic church, as well as "saints in waiting," those who have not yet received official recognition from the church but who contributed to the faith and are members of the communion of saints.
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By Camille Lewis Brown
Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.56" Width: 5.94" Height: 0.44" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN 0867168056 ISBN13 9780867168051
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More About Camille Lewis Brown & Joseph N. Perry
CAMILLE LEWIS BROWN, PH.D., serves as the education coordinator for the diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. She holds a B.A. in history from Franklin and Marshall College, an M.A. in theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and a PH.D. in educational administration from Boston College. She founded the Bakhita Fund, a nonprofit organization designed to provide educational assistance to children around the world. Dr. Brown has traveled several times to Africa, where she did research for this book.
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Contributions by People of Color Jul 12, 2008
African Saints, African Stories introduces slaves, nobles, religious, clergy, and laity whose lives exemplify the contributions people of color have made to the Church. Some started out as Catholics, others converted, but all ended up serving God from the fullness of their hearts.
Thirty sketches feature individuals with official titles of the church: saint, blessed, and venerable. Ten sketches feature saints-in-waiting, Brown's term for "heroes already in God's presence, members of the communion of saints, but unclassified as such by the church."
One of the earliest canonized saints is a Pope Celsius I. He was born in the late fifth century, dealt successfully with a schism, fought against Pelagianism and Manichaeanism, advocated divine authority for the papacy, and argued for papal infallibility. He was the first pope to be known as "Vicar of Christ." Brown describes him as humble, unselfish, strong-willed, and devoted to doctrine and love of the people.
A more contemporary story of energy is that of saint-in-waiting Sister Thea Bowman. Born Mississippi in 1937, Bertha Bowman took the name "Thea" at age 16 when she became the first African American Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. She promised herself to be the best sister possible, and to promote recognition of the rich heritage Black Catholics bring to the Church. Brown writes of Sister Thea's expressions of traditional African singing, dancing, and preaching. She was "a ball of energetic smiling light, urging us to celebrate because we were children of God."
For each subject, Brown provides biographical information, a relevant Scripture passage, prayer, and questions for reflection. The book's appendixes feature a calendar of selected saints, litany of African saints, and map of modern day Africa. As the author suggests, the text is suitable for individuals and faith-sharing groups, retreats, and black history programs.