The Racial Divide in our Country and Church

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Marian University will host the Most Reverend Edward Braxton, Ph. D., S.T.D., the African-American Bishop of Belleville, Illinois on Saturday, February 18 and 19, 2017, to discuss the racial divide in our country and in our churches.

Bishop Braxton is a respected author of several books, e.g., The Wisdom Community (1980) and The Faith Community (1990) and important pastoral letters, e.g., “The Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matters Movement” (February 26, 2016) and “The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace” (January 1, 2015). His letters are balanced and compassionate and have been written from the perspective of a man who cares deeply about the racial divide within our country and our churches. They have been read and discussed by a wide community of pastors, scholars and ordinary people throughout the country.

Please mark your calendars for these events during Black History Month. Bishop Braxton will speak at St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 PM, preside at the 10:30 AM Sunday liturgy here on Sunday, February 19, and speak again at Marian University on Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 PM. His talk at Marian will be at the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

All events are open to the public and we have invited many of the leaders of our church and civic communities.


Rev. Steven C. Schwab

Pastor, St Thomas Aquinas Church

Ms. Donna Proctor

Member, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Associate Professor

Marian University

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Mr. Joseph Smith

Member, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Dr. James Trippi

Member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Gennesaret Free Clinics, St Vincent Medical Group

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