On Friday, 6th June, Tina Beattie spoke to Leslye Colvin at her mother’s home in Alabama about what it means to be a Black Catholic woman in the US today.

Leslye Colvin is a Catholic laywoman and writer. Her new blog—Leslye’s Labyrinth—is a response to recent acts of white supremacy, and she is developing a retreat based on Thomas Merton’s writings on white supremacy and racial justice. Inspired by the Church’s social justice tradition, she is passionate about encouraging diversity and concern for those who are marginalized, and she has a wide range of experience in promoting mission and expanding outreach. Leslye is communications coordinator for the Catholic Committee of the South’s Gathering for Mission, a project inspired by Pope Francis’s call for dialogue. She is a student of Richard Rohr’s Living School for Action and Contemplation and is also on the editorial team for the Center of Action and Contemplation’s Daily Meditation. She serves on the Board of Directors for NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice. She has been interviewed by America Magazine and Vatican Radio on race issues.

Leslye’s Labyrinth (blog)

To read Leslye’s contribution to Visions and Vocations, our Catholic Women Speak book published by Paulist Press in 2018 to coincide with the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment, please go to this link.

You can watch a short interview recorded with Leslye in Rome in October 2018 below.