A Few IBCS Alumni

Bishop Fernand J. Cheri, O.F.M.

Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans and Gospel Music Archivist

Bishop Brendan J. Cahill

Bishop of Victoria, Texas

Sister Marion Weinzapel, C.S.J.

Catechist and Women’s Development Program / Anti-Domestic Violence Initiative in Gulu, Uganda

Mrs. Orida Edwards

Attorney and church historian in Lafayette, LA; teaches continuing education courses at the IBCS

Sister Dr. Addie L. Walker, S.S.N.D., Ph.D.

Director of the Sankofa Institute at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX; previously Provincial Superior of the School Sisters of Notre Dame

Father Albert McKnight, C.S.Sp.

Retired Spiritan Pastor, Economic Developer and Community Organizer

Father Dr. Freddy Washington, C.S.Sp., D.Min.

Pastor of St. Mark’s Catholic Church – Harlem, New York; Pastoral Theologian; Revival Preacher and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology at the IBCS.

Father Rick Potts, C.Ss.R., V.F.

Pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Catholic Church – St. Louis, MO; Dean, North St. Louis City Deanery; former Editor, Liguorian Magazine

Sister Dr. Oralisa Martin, D.Min.

Founder of the African American Catholic Catechetical Conference in Los Angeles, California; she is also founder of the ORACLE program (Washington, D.C.) and co-founder of MARANATHA: An Evangelization Training Program

Mr. Fessahaye Mebrahtu

Executive Director of the Pan African Community Organization in Milwaukee, WI

Brother Thomas C. Giumenta, C.S.C.

Learning Assistance Counselor at the University of Portland in Oregon

Sister Dr. Eva Marie Lumas, S.S.S., D.Min.

A Cultural Competency Trainer at St. Mary’s Center in Oakland, CA and has served as Assistant Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Field Education at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA; she also an Adjunct Professor of Catechesis and Pastoral Studies at the IBCS

Rev. Mr. / Dr. Dunn Cumby

Deacon of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City; Dentist / Owner – Cumby Family Dentist Practice; Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry; former President of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus

Dr. Kathleen Dorsey-Bellow, D.Min.

Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium; Economic and Community Development Organizer; Liturgist; Adjunct Professor at the IBCS; former Principal of Sacred Heart School in Lake Charles, LA

Father Richard Myhalyk, S.S.E.

Director of the Edmundite Missions, Selma, AL; former Superior General of the Society of St. Edmund

Sister Marilyn S. Cowser, O.S.F.

Associate Director of Spiritual and Human Formation at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, WI; she is also a “Bike Evangelist”

Father R. Tony Ricard

A priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, he is chaplain and theology teacher at St. Augustine High School; chaplain to the New Orleans Saints Football Team; noted youth speaker and teaches continuing education courses at the IBCS

Ms. Yvonne Tiandem-Adamou

Catholic Educator and Social Justice advocate in Charlotte, NC

Father Donald Chambers

Pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kingston, Jamaica

Mr. Ashley Morris

Assistant Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry – Archdiocese of Atlanta and Assistant Campus Minister at the Lyke House Catholic Center