MMA Unveils Banners of African Americans on Road to Sainthood

Merion Mercy banners of African Americans on road to sainthood


Merion Mercy installs banners of African American saints

In a fitting tribute to Black History Month, on February 8, 2024, during Community Reset, Merion Mercy Academy unveiled banners featuring six American men and women of African descent who are on the road to sainthood. The banners will be permanently installed outside the school chapel. 

Letters and a signed petition are being sent to Pope Francis in support of the canonization of Pierre Toussaint, Mother Mary Lange, Henriette DeLille, Augustus Tolton, Julie Greeley, and Sr. Thea Bowman. To date, there are no African American saints in the United States recognized by the highest Church authorities, while there are 11 white Americans who have been canonized. 

In presenting the banners, Sister Danielle Gagnon, RSM, Director of Mission, Ministry, and Belonging, described “ordinary people who found themselves in very challenging circumstances and responded with integrity and faithfulness to God.” 

Maya Johnson ‘12, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging said, “These beautiful banners will serve as a reminder of Black excellence and holiness every month of the year.” 

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