Addressing the Sin of Racism

Learn more about the National Catholic Ministry Leaders Experience to Montgomery & Selma, AL happening September 18-20, 2024.

Our Guiding Questions

During three days, we will witness landmarks of racial violence and resilience in Montgomery and Selma—the cradle of the domestic slave trade, of the Confederacy, and of the Civil Rights movement.

We will unpack how the legacy of our nation’s history of slavery, lynching, and segregation is manifest in contemporary injustices, such as mass incarceration, capital punishment, and the racial disparities embedded in them. Through encounter, prayer, and dialogue, we will discern how we are called to answer those questions:

  • What is the relationship between the nation’s past and modern-day systems of oppression, particularly related to the criminal legal system?
  • What is required of the Church, its leadership, and its faithful in order to be ministers of reconciliation?
  • How can the Church and its members play a more active role in truth-telling and meaningful efforts that move our ministries, communities, Church and country forward?

“We can never move forward without remembering the past.”

—Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti

On this trip you will…

Sites of the 1955-1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott

  • Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and Dexter Parsonage | Young Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Congregation from 1954 to 1960

Sites of the 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery

  • Crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma
  • The Catholic City of St Jude
  • Meet with a life-long Civil Rights activist who participated in the March

Understand the connection between the history of slavery and racial terror, and the modern-day systems of mass incarceration and capital punishment.

  • The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration
  • The National Memorial for Peace and Justice: A sacred space for truth telling and reflection about lynching and its legacy
  • Meet with a Senior Attorney from Equal Justice Initiative

Pray and discern how Catholics can play a more active role in truth-telling to move our nation towards justice and healing.

  • Encounters with Resurrection Catholic Missions of the South & the Edmundite Missions
  • Mass, group prayer and meditation times
  • In-depth sharing times with fellow national Catholic ministers

I’m interested! Please contact me with more information.

Please note that participation is upon invitation.

—U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism

Logistics

Dates

The program starts at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2024 in Montgomery, AL.
The program ends at 12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, 2024 in Montgomery, AL.

Registration Fee

$650

Includes: all meals from Wednesday lunch to Friday breakfast, ground transportation, museum entrances, speaker honorarium.
Does not include: air travel to Montgomery, Atlanta, or Birmingham airports, transportation from and to the airport, lodging.

Lodging

Participants will stay in a hotel in Montgomery Downtown. The tentative price is $199 + taxes per night.