Institute for Black Catholic Studies

Hold Up the Light: Authentically Black and Truly Catholic



Update on the IBCS 40th Anniversary Celebration


The Institute for Black Catholic Studies’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus shall not steal our Easter Joy or our IBCS spirit! As we enter into the high, holy feast days of the Christian community, let us be reminded that through it all, Christ reigns. In Him, may you, we, the world experience the joy and peace of life renewed! IBCS Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, IBCS Director


In the spirit of renewal, the 41st session of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies will convene as scheduled Sunday, June 28 through Friday, July 17, 2020.  Due to the public health emergency presented by the nationwide outbreak of COVID-19, this year’s session – classes and Community Life - will be conducted online out of an abundance of concern for the health of IBCS students, faculty and staff.  This year's theme - "Hold Up the Light: Authentically Black and Truly Catholic" - is a call for the IBCS community to press on in new ways to accomplish the mission for which it was created: to form theologically- and culturally-competent Christistian disciples to evangelize the world through God's gift of black culture. New and returning students are encouraged to apply online and check the IBCS website frequently for program updates.


APPLY NOW IBCS Resources & Response to COVID-19

Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, D.Min., IBCS Director

Greetings on behalf of the IBCS! As you check out the offerings for 2020 presented here, consider yourself invited to join us! Help spread the word that the IBCS is a school of ministry that meets in the summer at Xavier University of Louisiana. The Institute’s focus is God’s gift of Blackness, its mission to form spiritually and culturally competent Christian disciples for the work of evangelizing families, parishes, schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, the marketplace, Church and community-at-large. Explore the IBCS website or contact us to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you and ask your prayerful support of the IBCS and Xavier University!



Institute for Black Catholic Studies

Thanks Be to God, Celebrating 40 Years Strong!

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