All posts by Christopher Smith, SJ

A native of Western North Carolina, Christopher Smith was raised Quaker but converted to Catholicism after becoming captivated by the beauty of his local church. He was drawn to the Society of Jesus by reading Walter Ciszek's "With God in Russia." By God's grace, he entered novitiate in 2015. Currently, he teaches biology and chemistry as a first year regent at Gonzaga College High School in Washington DC. He enjoys (very) long walks, trying to "teach" himself piano (sometimes), and getting lost in Wikipedia rabbit holes about scientific/Catholic minutiae.

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For a Church That is Unafraid to Welcome Black People

For a Church That is Unafraid to Welcome Black People

A certain memory of Peter Claver is often used by Catholics to distance themselves from actually engaging in ministry or relationships with Black Americans. Yet this false image of Claver, rather than absolving Catholics of their responsibilities towards Black people, is rather an even more scathing indictment of our indifference. Our image of Claver is a call to all of us Catholics to be who he was not.