February 23, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Sister Anita Baird, DHM, will give the lecture, "Building Inclusive Communities," Monday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by Bucknell's Catholic Campus Ministry and other university organizations.

Baird is director of the Office for Racial Justice of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a member of the religious congregation of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary. She is a member of the faith community of St. Sabina, where she has served as word ministry team leader, head of the Spiritual Life Institute and as a member of the preaching staff.

"For more than 25 years, Sister Anita has been involved in the work of the church at the local and national levels," said Father Martin Moran, head of the Catholic Campus Ministry at Bucknell.

"She played a major role in the establishment of the archdiocesan office for Black Catholic Ministries and represented the Archdiocese of Chicago as a delegate to the sixth and seventh National Black Catholic congresses.

"We are immensely pleased to have her visit the university," he said.

Named African American Catholic of the Year, Baird received the Harriet Tubman Award from the National Black Sisters Conference and the NBC Jefferson Award for Outstanding Community Service, among numerous other awards.

The closing keynote speaker at the first National Gathering for Black Catholic Women in 2001, she gave the opening keynote address at the IX National Black Catholic Congress in 2002.

Baird is a member of the National Black Sisters Conference and served as its president from 2001-03. She received the Father August Tolton Award from Cardinal Bernardin in recognition of her dedicated commitment and years of service to the African American Catholic community in Chicago and across the nation.

Baird holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from DePaul University and a master's degree in religious studies from Mundelein College of Loyola University Chicago.

Story posted Feb. 23, 2006

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