Photos and narratives of Catholic African Americans, Africans, Native Americans, Asians, and others who live in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A traveling exhibit sharing the stories of Catholics from various ethnic and racial backgrounds is now available virtually.
An initiative of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, the exhibit was inspired by the 2018 USCCB’s pastoral letter on racism, Open Wide Our Hearts. It features photos alongside the written narratives of African Americans, Africans, Native Americans, Asians, and others, all of whom are Catholics who live in the diocese.
The show’s purpose is to give the opportunity to hear the voices and perspectives of other people in our parishes and schools.
Peter Weiss, Living Justice Advocate for the Diocese of Green Bay, developed the exhibit. Weiss told CNA that his job is primarily a teaching role, seeking to promote Catholic social teaching and raise awareness of problems of injustice. He wanted to bring the issue of racial justice into the conversation in Green Bay— a diocese which, he notes, is probably “about 90% white.”
“The experiences of particular racial or ethnic groups are not the same as what the vast majority of people are having within our diocese. And I think it’s important to reach out and find those stories, learn a little more, and find out what they can tell us about our understanding of ourselves as Catholics,” he said.