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MOTHER MARY LANGE LECTURE in Black Catholic History

Watch "Black Saints in the Americas, Past and Present"

Recorded Monday, Nov. 8 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Connelly Center

Villanova's inaugural lecture is named in honor of the founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first congregation of African American women religious in the Catholic Church. 

The cause for the canonization of Mother Mary Lange, who died in 1882, was opened in 2004.

The lecture is sponsored by the Office for Mission and Ministry; the Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and the Department of History.

2021 Program


Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD
Director of Mission Engagement and Strategic Initiatives
Office for Mission and Ministry


The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD
University President

Special Guest

Sister Rita Michelle Proctor, OSP
Superior General
Oblate Sisters of Providence

Keynote Speaker

Erin Rowe, PhD
Associate Professor of History
Johns Hopkins University

Directions and Parking

Visitors are invited to park for free in the M-2 Garage on campus. Please refer to the campus map to locate the garage and the Connelly Center (no. 24, orange), and to get directions. 

Note: Please use the Ithan Avenue Entrance (see map). 

Mask Requirement

All visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks inside campus buildings (except when eating and drinking) to help protect our community.

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