The urgent challenge for us as Catholic theologians, scholars, and teachers remains the same as it was 45 years ago—the recruitment and training of black Catholic scholars for theological studies. We must “seize” leadership in this endeavor for the good of our country, for the good of our church, and for the greater honor and glory of God.


The John Courtney Murray Award was presented Saturday, June 9, 2018, to M. Shawn Copeland by the Catholic Theological Society of America.

In 2023, all issues of the Journal of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium became available electronically on this site with the permission of the original publisher, Fortuity Press/Hamilton Publishing. All articles now carry the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives License (CC-BY-NC-ND).