Building a Civilization of love: A Catholic Response to Racism. 9:00 - 10:30am
Deacon Harold cuts through the pejorative rhetoric, weaponized language, and virtue signaling of the culture to reveal the heart of a Catholic response to racism. This response is rooted and finds its deepest meaning in the timeless principles of social justice and the Beatitudes.
From Slave to Priest: The Life & Legacy of Fr. Augustine Tolto. 11:30am - 12:00pm
Born into a black Catholic slave family, Father Augustine Tolton (1854-1897) conquered almost insurmountable odds to become the first black priest in the United States. He left behind a shining legacy of holy service to God, the Church and his people. In this powerful presentation, Catholic speaker, evangelist and Father Tolton scholar Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers’ eloquent tribute to Father Tolton’s tremendous legacy and courage, in the face of incredible prejudice within the Church and society, will be a source of strength and inspiration for Catholics today.
Behold Your Mother: The Marian Heart of Suffering - Followed by Q&A Session. 1:00 - 2:00pm
Mary is the perfect disciple of the Lord who was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), and who always leads us to her Son. Deacon Harold will show that through prayer in the Holy Spirit during times of pain and suffering, we can unite our hearts to the pierced soul of the Blessed Mother thus uniting ourselves more closely to the crucified Christ.
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Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and preacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He has appeared as a guest on numerous international Catholic radio and television programs, and is the host or co-host of several popular series on the Eternal Word Television Network. Deacon Harold, a Benedictine Oblate, is the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, and has written the acclaimed work, Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African American Priest. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.