St. Elizabeth’s Parish, Philadelphia: Forged in the Fire of the Great Migration

Event details

  • February 19, 2023
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Spotlight on Local History

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 will chronicle the unique story of the reclamation of a parish community that transformed it into a dynamic and innovative Black Catholic parish.    

Connie McCalla received her MA in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 2016, and is now an MA candidate in Theology from the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. For more than ten years, as a high school Theology teacher, catechist, and adjunct faculty, she has served the Black Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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