Dr. C. Vanessa White is Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Ministry, Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies and the Master of Arts in Specialized Ministries as well as the Director of the Certificate in Pastoral Studies. She received her Doctor of Ministry and Master of Theological Studies degrees from Catholic Theological Union, with additional post-graduate work at Xavier University of Louisiana and Loyola University Chicago. She is also a member of the faculty for Xavier University’s Summer Institute for Black Catholic Studies in New Orleans where she teaches in both the Master’s degree and Continuing Education and Enrichment Program.
Dr. White is co-editor of the book (with Dr. Cecilia Moore and Fr. Paul Marshall, SM), Songs of the Heart and Meditations of the Soul – A book of prayers published by St. Anthony Messenger Press,and contributing author in the book Liturgy and Justice published by Liturgical Press. She has published articles and essays in the National Religious Vocation Conference journal – Horizons: Journal for the College Theology Society New Theology Review, Daily Theology, The Bible Today, and U.S. Catholic Magazine. She was asked by CNN News to contribute to their “Black in America” series with an op - piece that can be found online at cnn.org entitled “Authentically Black and Truly Catholic”. She is regular contributor to Give Us This Day – daily prayer journal published by Liturgical Press.
She is Past Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, a theological association of Black Catholic theologians and scholars as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. A Secular Franciscan (over 30 years) and member of the Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary, Dr. White works with Bishop Joseph N. Perry (postulator for the cause) promoting the cause of Fr. Augustus Tolton and in coordinating annual pilgrimages to the birthplace, ministerial site and burial site of Fr. Augustus Tolton. She serves as an advisor consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service. The subcommittee assists the US bishops in reviewing and approving certification standards and procedures to be used by arch/dioceses and national organizations in the certification of specialized ecclesial ministers.
She received the Juan Diego Award for Distinguished Service in the Church from the National Association of Lay Ministry in 2015.
Dr. White is an experienced workshop presenter, retreat facilitator, spiritual director and teacher who lectures nationally on Black Spiritual History, Christian spirituality, discernment, health, women’s spirituality, diversity/intercultural dialogue, leadership development, spiritual and ministry formation, lay ministry and adult faith formation, leadership, youth and young adult ministry, Black Presence in the Bible as well as issues pertinent to the spiritual and pastoral life of African Americans.