NEW ORLEANS — The 42nd session of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS), a graduate theology program and school of pastoral ministry that meets each summer, will convene Sunday, June 27 through Friday, July 16, 2021, at Xavier University of Louisiana. The theme is “Holy Spirt, Breathe on Me!”

Due to the public health emergency presented by COVID-19, this year’s session — classes and Community Life — will be conducted for a second year online, according to Dr. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, director of the Institute. The virtual format will offer an opportunity for first-timers to get a taste of the Institute life at Xavier without having to make the trip to New Orleans.

The IBCS staff consists of Program Specialist Dana Lockett and Bellow, along with Dr. C. Vanessa White, Associate Director for the Master of Theology (Th.M.) Degree Program; and Dr. Eva Lumas, S.S.S., Associate Director for Continuing Education & Enrichment (C&E) Programs.

Courses uphold Catholic tradition in the context of contemporary Black experience. IBCS community life provides the chance to practice together what is learned in the classroom.

Established in 1980 in New Orleans on the campus of Xavier University of Louisiana, the IBCS is dedicated to academic learning, prayer, worship and community-building.

The Th.M. program forms students for theologically and culturally competent service as ordained, religious or lay ecclesial ministers in the Black community and church.

C&E programs provide lifelong learning and spiritual formation for pastoral leaders, clergy, religious, administrators, teachers and others who minister with Black communities or serve in multi-cultural settings.

For more information on the Institute and classes, visit Questions may be directed to Dana Lockett at 504-520-7691 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To access the 2021 IBCS applications, visit New degree students select First-time users to create an account; current degree students select Readmit Students in Graduate Programs. All C&E students select Institute for Black Catholic Studies Continuing Education Program.

For questions on the application process, contact the Office of Graduate Programs at 504-520-7487 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..