Jon M Sweeney in Conversation with Damian Costello

Jon M Sweeney in Conversation with Damian Costello

Jon M. Sweeney in Conversation with Damian Costello, Thursday, January 14, 7:00 pm

Milwaukee-based religious scholar Jon M. Sweeney joins Boswell Books for a conversation about his latest work, Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Catechist, Saint, which tells us the life story of the deeply spiritual Nicholas Black Elk, who served as both a traditional Oglala Lakota medicine man and a Roman Catholic catechist and mystic. Sweeney will chat with Damian Costello, author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism. This event is cohosted by the Family of Four Milwaukee Parishes.

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Nicholas Black Elk is popularly celebrated for his fascinating spiritual life. How did his two spiritual and cultural identities enrich his prayer life? How did his commitment to God, understood through his Lakota and Catholic communities, shape his understanding of how to be in the world?

To fully understand the depth of Black Elk’s life-long spiritual quest requires a deep appreciation of his life story. He witnessed devastation on the battlefields of Little Bighorn and the Massacre at Wounded Knee, but also extravagance while performing for Queen Victoria as a member of “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Wild West Show. Widowed by his first wife, he remarried and raised eight children. Black Elk’s spiritual visions granted him wisdom and healing insight beginning in his childhood, but he grew progressively physically blind in his adult years. These stories, and countless more, offer insight into this extraordinary man whose cause for canonization is now underway at the Vatican.

Jon M. Sweeney is Publisher and Editor in Chief of Paraclete Press. His many books include James Martin, SJ: In the Company of Jesus, in the “People of God” series, The Pope Who Quit, which was optioned by HBO, and The Pope’s Cat, a popular fiction series for children. Sweeney writes regularly for America in the US, and The Tablet in the UK. Damian Costello specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. Click here now to register for this event on Thursday, January 14, 7:00 pm.