The purpose of the TOLTON LECTURE is to recognize and acknowledge Black Catholic theological/historical and cultural scholarship and to provide an arena for the sharing of this research and scholarship with the community at Catholic Theological Union as well as the broader Church.
THE TOLTON LECTURE is named after Fr. Augustus Tolton the first recognized African American Catholic priest who was pastor in the 1890's of the mother church of Black Catholics in Chicago- St. MONICA's which is today, St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church on the South Side. Last year the church officially opened his cause for sainthood -- now designated Servant of God -- Fr. Augustus Tolton
This year we are proud to welcome back to CTU community - Dr. Diana L. Hayes.
Diana L. Hayes is Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University (retired).. She holds the Juris Doctor (LAW), PhD (RELIGIOUS STUDIES) and Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD) degrees and is the first African American woman to earn a Pontifical Doctorate in Theology (Catholic University of Louvain). Hayes is the author/editor of 7 books: Trouble Don't Last Always: Soul Prayers; And Still We Rise: An Introduction to Black Liberation Theology; Hagars Daughtser: Womanist Ways of Being in the World; Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States (co-edited by Cyprian Davis) Wre You There: Stations of the Cross; Many Faces of the Church (co-edited with Peter Phan) and her most recent book "Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: A Womanist Theology as well as over 85 articles and book chapters. Her next book "Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality is to be published in April by Orbis books. She has been a mentor for numerous junior theologians -- including myself. She has received numerous awards including the Elizabeth Seton Medal for Outstanding Woman Theologian and the US Catholic Award for Furthering the Role of Women in the Church as well as three honorary doctorates (one from CTU). Dr. Hayes has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa on issues of race, class, gender and religion, Womanist and Black theologies, women in the Catholic Church and African American Religion.
Dr. Hayes's lecture is entitled: Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: The Making of a Womanist Theologian.