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Harold Burke-Sivers, the “Dynamic Deacon,” Speaks at Benedictine College
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon,” delivered a presentation on Building a Civilization of Love: A Catholic Response to Racism on Monday, Sept. 7, on the campus of Benedictine College. His presentation was sponsored by the Black Student Union and The Gregorian Fellows at Benedictine College.
You can see the entire presentation here.
One of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today, Deacon Harold gave a straight-forward talk on steps the Church and those listening could take. With a background both in the Church and in law enforcement as a police officer and former police chief, he shared his unique view of history and current events.
“If we’re honest, we have to acknowledge that the Church in the United States has often been slow to respond to issues of race,” he said. “Catholics can play a significant role in breaking down the walls of racism by taking a hands-on approach to creating pillars of mutual respect and understanding built on the firm foundation of covenant relationship (making the gift of yourself for the good of others).”
He outlined a series of steps for the audience:
“As faithful Catholics, we can no longer allow secular culture and ideology, with its promulgation of subjective, relativistic truths, to displace the objective truth of the Catholic faith in doctrine and principle,” Deacon Harold said. “In order to defeat racism, there must be further introspection and a deeper examination of conscience in order to arrive at the root causes of disunity and divisiveness within humanity that lead to sinful acts.”
Deacon Harold holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He co-hosts the Eternal Word Television Network’s popular radio program “Morning Glory,” the weekly broadcast “Living Stones” on Mater Dei Radio, and the “Sons of Thunder” podcast for World Ablaze. He also appeared in the major feature film, Power in My Hands.
He is the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, co-author of Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before, and has written the acclaimed new book, Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African-American Priest. Deacon Harold is a Benedictine Oblate of Mt. Angel Abbey in St. Benedict, Oregon. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.