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  • On Thursday, April 11, 2019, Dr. Pratt delivered the Inaugural Scholar-in-Residence Lecture at the Aquinas Center.
  • On Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Dr. Pratt was a panelist at a “Discussion of Systemic Causes of the Wealth Gap Between White and Black Families” sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Black Catholics and LaSalle University and held at LaSalle University.
  • On Monday, March 11, 2019 Dr. Pratt gave a lecture on Racism and the Catholic Church at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Hatfield, PA.
  • Dr. Pratt will become the first Scholar-in-Residence at the Aquinas Center!


October 4, 2018 – Dr. Pratt was invited to Dr. Maureen O’Connell’s “Catholic Philadelphia Then and Now” course at LaSalle University to speak about her research in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on African-American Catholics.

Pic in Maureen's Class

Photo Courtesy of Maureen O’Connell, PhD

February 11, 2018American Catholic Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA


2019 “The Numbers Don’t Add Up:  The Legacy of Systemic Racism in Urban Parishes”,Invited Lecture, St. Maria Goretti Parish, March 11, Hatfield, PA

2019  “USCCB Listening Session Against Racism”, Co-Moderator, Archdiocese of Philadelphia/St. Joseph’s University, February 25, Philadelphia, PA

2019  “Discussion of Systemic Causes of the Wealth Gap Between White and Black Families” Invited Panelist, La Salle University, February 6, Philadelphia, PA.

2018 “The Numbers Don’t Add Up: The Legacy of Systemic Racism in the Experiences of . African-American Catholics.” Invited Keynote Address, Office of Life & Justice Ministries, Diocese of Camden, January 13, Sicklerville, NJ

2018 “The Numbers Don’t Add Up: The Role of 19th Century Systemic Racism in the Experiences of 21st Century African-American Catholics.” Invited Lecture, Department of Religion, Pew Research Center, January 9, Washington, DC

2016 “The Numbers Don’t Add Up: A Discussion of African-Americans and Racism in the American Catholic Church.” Invited Keynote Address, Annual Retreat, Knights of St. Peter Claver – Ladies Auxiliary, Court #326, March 19, Philadelphia, PA

2015 “The Numbers Don’t Add Up: Towards a Sociology of African-American Catholicism.” Invited Panel Presentation, Encountering Black Theologies of Resistance: An Ecumenical Discourse on Faith, Race & the Economy, PICO National Network, April, Philadelphia, PA.

2013 “The Lessons that Stay with You are Not Always Learned in the Classroom: Seeking A ‘School of the Heart’.” Invited Keynote Address, Annual Honors Convocation, Chestnut Hill College, April 28, Philadelphia, PA.

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