They were Catholic religious women, dedicated to educating children, treating the sick and helping the poor and enslaved in pre-Civil War America. But when they attempted to enter and live in convents, they were turned away — because they were black.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in mid-November, and at that time, the bishop will present the diocesan investigation into Msgr. Quinn’s cause to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints at the Vatican. Next, the congregation will open its own investigation to consider Msgr. Quinn for the title of venerable, the second of four steps on the road to sainthood.