Women Who Stay: Women Who Tell Our Stories

Professor M. Shawn Copeland: The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille
July 27, 5:30pm

Dr. Copeland will speak about Henrietta DeLille, the 19th century founder of the order of African-American Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans based on her book: The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille: The Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality (Paulist Press, 2009).  Henrietta Delille, a candidate for sainthood, founded the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans in 1842.  Composed of free women of color, the Sisters of the Holy Family provided nursing care and a home for orphans,  as well as establishing schools for enslaved children, when the education of slaves was illegal.  Dr. Copeland is Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology at Boston College. Her research interests converge around issues of theological and philosophical anthropology and political theology, as well as African and African–derived religious and cultural experience and African-American intellectual history. Register