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Adrian Dominican Sisters Endow Scholarship to Institute for Black Catholic Studies
Sister Jamie Phelps at podium receiving an honorary doctorate

August 18, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Sisters have signed an agreement to endow $500,000 for a scholarship to the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) at Xavier University in New Orleans. The Sister Jamie Phelps, OP, Endowed Scholarship will provide financial assistance to students enrolled in advance degree or continuing education programs offered by the IBCS.

An Adrian Dominican Sister, Sister Jamie was instrumental in the establishment of the IBCS, the only institute dedicated to the Catholic Church’s mission of forming disciples for more effective ministry in the Black Catholic community, the Church, and the community at large. She served from 2003 to 2011 as the Director of the IBCS and as the Katherine Drexel Professor of Systemic Theology at Xavier University.

A psychiatric social worker, community organizer, and parish pastoral associate, Sister Jamie has also written and lectured extensively on topics such as African American Catholics, the mission of the Church, religion and human rights, evangelization, religious life, and Christology.

In addition to honoring Sister Jamie, the endowment is “an act of reparation for [the Congregation’s] complicity in racism and to advance racial equality and transformative justice,” said Prioress Patricia Siemen, OP. 

For more information, read the Global Sisters’ Reports’ Monday Starter article by Chris Herlinger. The endowed scholarship is covered in the second article.


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Avatar  Sr. Monica Auma 9 months agoReply

Thanks for the great work of supporting education to the black catholic nuns being empowered in skills and knowledge. I wish to kindly request for the same support to be offered for me to study for PhD in education leadership.

Sr. Monica Auma wandako(SCSC) A Kenyan religious nun

Avatar  Kathleen Dorsey Bellow last yearReply

May God continue to bless the Adrian Dominican Sisters in ministry with the people of God, including the Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Sr. Jamie T. Phelps, O.P., Ph.D has represented the Dominican charisma in all her various vocations. A tireless ambassador for Christ as scholar, teacher, mentor, activist, she preaches/practices Christian truth and justice. We who are colleagues, mentees and former students (she’s still teaching us!) thank you for this gift that honors her and contributes to healing in the Body of Christ. Ashé!

Avatar  Mary Ellen Meckley, BVM last yearReply

I am SO proud to have known you, and your dear sister.
Mary Ellen Meckley, BVM



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