Doctor of Ministry: Healer, Scholar, Pastoral Theologian and Social Justice Advocate
Dr. Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley is an alumna of Boston College School of Nursing (BSN 1979), Seton Hall University School of Law (MSJ - Health Law 2006), Seton Hall University School of Theology – Immaculate Conception Seminary (MAPM -Christian Spirituality/Spiritual Direction 2011) and Drew Theological School (Doctor of Ministry - Practicing Healing Mind Body Spirit 2015). Valerie has graduate studies in Nursing Leadership from New York University. She is also a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana-Institute for Black Catholic Studies (2002) with a certification as a Master Catechist in the Catholic Church. She also has doctrinal certification from the Archdiocese of Newark where she has served in ministry for over thirty years. She serves the Archdiocese of Newark on the Advisory Board for the African-American African and Caribbean Apostolate. As well she has presented lectures at the Deanery on racism and the Pastoral Letter Open Wide Our Hearts.
She is the retired Director of Religious Education at the Church of Christ the King - Jersey City, New Jersey, a historical Black Catholic Parish an Apostolate for Evangelization in the African American community. She serves in various capacities across the nation as a mentor to youth and young adults; evangelist, retreat leader and revivalist and public speaker, life coach and Spiritual Director. Catechesis to children and youth and women’s spirituality and empowerment are a major component of her ministry as a pastoral associate. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology at Caldwell University, Caldwell, New Jersey, and Xavier University of Louisiana Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Valerie is a member of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. She belongs to various International Honor Societies and is a Silver Life member of the NAACP. She is a Lady of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter Claver.
Valerie is retired from clinical practice at the New York Hospital-Weill Cornell University Medical Center. Her specialty area was in High Risk/Tertiary Care Obstetrics- Women and Children’s Health where she served as the Senior Staff Clinical Nurse, Unit Preceptor, and Quality Assurance Committee Representative, and Interim Administrative Nurse Recruiter.
She is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a Lector. She has served as a minister on the Pre-Cana team preparing couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony. She serves the Church as a Lay Associate Order of Preachers (OPA) The Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, New Jersey. It is her mission” To Praise, To Bless, To Preach” the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her life models the spirituality of the Dominican and Jesuit charism. Black Catholic Spirituality and Catholic Social Justice Teaching are premiere in her use of culture and faith to authentically evangelize. She is the recipient of the Caldwell Dominican Peace Award for 2022.
Valerie has contributed several articles in various Liturgical Magazines and Scripture reflections in Ministry Publications. She is a consultant and contributing writer for The Hallelujah People: Eat the Scroll Ministry. She is an Aquinas Institute of Theology- Delaplane Preaching Scholar of the 2022 Writing Cohort - Preaching Racial Justice: Challenge and Journey. The project is funded by the Lilly Foundation and will be published by Orbis Books. She is a contributing writer in Religion, Women of Color, and the Suffrage Movement: The Journey to Holistic Freedom, Does Christian Catechesis Have a Gender Problem? Toward a Catechesis of Wholeness (2022) Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.
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