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News and Events

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  • Freedom Fighter Aspasia LeCompte Honored in Renaming Ceremony, May 18, 2023.​ Newsline​. ​​[Flyer, Program, Exhibit Brochure]
  • Confronting Absurdity: Slavery and Racism as Historic Disruptors of Our Mission. Reflection by Fr. Guillermo (Memo) Campuzano, C.M., Vice President of Mission and Ministry. Mission Monday​.​​
  • ​​Confronting Our History: Community Gathers for Atonement and Action. The Congregation of the Mission Western Province makes a public apology for the Vincentians' role in slaveholding and commitment to atone. Newsline story.​ [Flyer​, Program]
  • Article by Cam Rodriguez, The Long White Shadow of White Supremacy at DePaul, 14 East Magazine.​
  • ​​DePaul President announces the renaming of Belden-Racine Hall after Aspasia LeCompte, formerly enslaved by Bishop Rosati and other Catholic enslavers; Aspasia finally won her freedom in 1839 after filing several lawsuits. Notes from Rob.
  • Author Kelly Schmidt speaks to the Missouri State Historical Society about her published research on Slavery and the Catholic Church, highlighting Vincentian enslavers and the families held in bondage, including the LeComptes and Nesbits. SHSMO Author Series VideoMissouri Historical Review article​​.
  • The Task Force provides an update to the campus community. Newsline.
  • Task Force to Address the Vincentians' Relationship to Slavery is formed. Newsline.
  • The Society of Vincent de Paul Professors hosts plenary panels on the Vincentians and Slavery during annual Global Justice Teach-ins held in 2021 and 2022. Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
  • The DePaul University Library issues a statement, “Reckoning with the names of our buildings and collections.” University Library IDEA.​ (See also The Full Text​.)
  • ​DePaul reacts to the growing public awareness about Vincentian slaveholding by removing Bishop Rosati's name from library resources. Newsline.​