WASHINGTON (May 15, 1998) -- Beverly A. Carroll, Executive Director of the Secretariat for African American Catholics at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be recognized this weekend for her work in evangelization and community organizing.
Siena College, a Franciscan undergraduate teaching college located in Loudonville, New York, will bestow an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Ms. Carroll during commencement exercises at the College on Sunday, May 17.
Ms. Carroll joined the staff of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1988, opening the Secretariat for African American Catholics on January 4 of that year. In her capacity as the Secretariat's Executive Director, Ms. Carroll advises the Bishops on their evangelization efforts in the African American community and works with the various diocesan Black Catholic Offices throughout the country. In 1996, Ms. Carroll led a delegation of African American women to a meeting with South African Catholic women in Johannesburg, beginning a dialogue that continued a year later when she hosted a delegation from South Africa.
Prior to joining the staff of the NCCB, Ms. Carroll was the director of the Urban Affairs Office of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Xavier Institute for Black Catholic Studies, the National Black Catholic Congress Board of Trustees, the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators, the National Black Sisters Conference, and the Provincial African American Committee of the Holy Name Province of Franciscans. She has also authored several articles on the affect of racism and is frequently invited to speak at events around the country.
Siena College is an undergraduate, liberal arts, teaching college, founded in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition. The college emphasizes student-centered, personalized, interactive teaching which results in a value-based education.