Event Recap – Saint Elizabeth’s Parish, Philadelphia: Forged in the Fires of the Great Migration

St. Elizabeth Parish, founded in North Philadelphia in 1872 to serve a German immigrant population, would later be transformed as African Americans fleeing the harsh realities of segregation in the South flooded into Northern cities like Philadelphia. By the 1950s, with the support of dynamic and innovative pastoral leadership, St. Elizabeth was home to 3,000 Black Catholics and about 1,000 students attending the parish school. In this talk, Connie McCalla chronicled the unique story of the reclamation of a parish community that transformed it into a dynamic and innovative Black Catholic parish.

The presentation is now available for viewing.

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