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The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, & Religious Diversity in the U.S.
A Conversation with Jeannine Hill Fletcher, PhD, Professor of Theology at Fordham University

Professor Hill Fletcher grew up in a suburb of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois as an undergraduate, majoring in English.  After a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, she attended Harvard Divinity School, earning her MTS & ThD and shortly thereafter joined the Fordham faculty.

Prof. Hill Fletcher teaches at the intersection of Systematic Theology and issues of diversity (religious diversity, Christian cultural diversity, race and gender).  

Her research and teaching explore the role of theological thinking in shaping pubic disclosure, including both activism and legislation.  Prof. Hill Fletcher is a board member of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, a multi-generational, multi-religious and multi-racial grassroots organization working for social change.

7:00PM: Faith On Tap Happy Half-Hour
7:30PM: Introductions – Presentation – Conversation – Q&A


POP-UP THEOLOGY is a part of the Msgr. Neil Connelly Lecture Series. Father Neil was an Associate Pastor at St. Francis de Sales until his passing in 2017. He left a lasting legacy to all who knew him, with a vision of how a modern Catholic life should be lived: by finding Jesus in everything! We have instituted this series to give our folks and their friends a venue for lively discussion on important topics of our day seen thru the lens of our Catholic faith at our very own FRANK’S CAFÉ at St. Francis dee Sales, Parish Hall. Our discussions will cover various topics (listed below our calendar). For example: our southern border and a wall... what does our Catholic faith say in our tenets of social justice about how we are to treat and care for the stranger in our midst. Where do I stand on this issue as an intelligent, well read Catholic? Our speakers are all leaders in their fields, as professors of theology or writers/editors in major catholic periodicals. In keeping with SFDS mission we invite one and all. Taking Jesus’ message of loving service to heart, all are welcome in our vibrant, hopeful, diverse, Eucharistic Community where we break and open the Word and discover God in our Midst.


Fr. Philip Kelly completed his studies at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie and was ordained Priest for the Archdiocese of New York by John Cardinal O'Connor in May of 1993. After language and cultural studies at the Instituto de Idiomas in Cochabamba, Bolivia, he began his pastoral ministry in Manhattan, first as Parochial Vicar at Ascension Parish on Manhattan's Upper West Side followed by Pastor at St. Joseph of the Holy Family in Harlem. In July of 2011, he was appointed Pastor of St. Francis de Sales where he is constantly delighted by the diversity and energy of our parish community.

Jayne Porcelli has dedicated over thirty years to parish ministry. With a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Sociology, and Theology from Molloy College, followed by a master’s in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University and a Certification in Spiritual Direction. Jayne is certified as a Director of the Catechumenate—the first to earn this honor from the Archdiocese of NY and currently the only person in NYC who holds this certification. Here at SFDS, she directs the parish’s affairs while also focusing on our inter-generational catechesis programs for children, adults, and the Latino community. She is an accomplished writer as well–keep up with her via our parish blog, The View From Where We Stand .


Thursday, April 25 A Conversation with Kerry Weber, America Magazine, Women in the Church

Thursday, May 30 A Conversation with Dr. Brenna Moore, Prof. Fordham University, Catholic Resistance to Nazism, 1930s1940s: What Can We Learn Today?

Thursday, June 20 A Conversation with Prof. Karina Hogan, Fordham University, Countertraditions to Adam and Eve