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Graduate Program inPastoral Ministries

C. Vanessa White

Vanessa White
C. Vanessa White

Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer

She is Past Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, an interdisciplinary theological association of Black Catholic theologians and scholars and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. A Secular Franciscan (over 30 years). Dr. White works with Bishop Joseph N. Perry (postulator for the cause) promoting the cause of Fr. Augustus Tolton and in coordinating annual pilgrimages to the birthplace, ministerial site, and burial site of Fr. Augustus Tolton. She serves as an advisor/consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service. The subcommittee assists the US bishops in reviewing and approving certification standards and procedures to be used by arch/dioceses and national organizations in the certification of specialized ecclesial ministers.

She received the Juan Diego Award for Distinguished Service in the Church from the National Association of Lay Ministry in 2015 as well as the Augustus Tolton Award for Ministerial Service in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2002.

Dr. White is an experienced workshop presenter, retreat facilitator, spiritual director and teacher. Her areas of research focus on the intersections of spirituality and ministry, spiritual practice, health, women’s spirituality, diversity/intercultural dialogue, leadership development, spiritual and ministry formation, lay ministry and adult faith formation, leadership, youth and young adult ministry and issues pertinent to the spiritual and pastoral life of African Americans.