Archbishop Names Collegeville Woman to Commission

COLLEGEVILLE PA – Angela Lewis, a parishioner at St. Eleanor’s Roman Catholic Church in Collegeville, has been named by Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez (at top left) as one of 15 members of a newly formed Commission on Racial Healing, he announced as part of a statement discussing the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

His decision to create the commission, Pérez said, evolved not only as a response to the Gospel but “also a direct response to the racial divide in our nation, which has sadly widened over the past several months.” He praised its members as “a diverse group” from city and suburban parishes who will “honor the work and legacy of Dr. King (at top right) through action.”

The commission also has a precedent, the archbishop noted. It “harkens to one formed by my predecessor, John Cardinal Krol, during the turbulence of the 1960s.” It “builds on the church’s tradition as an agent of respect for human dignity.”

Photo of Archbishop Perez from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Photo of Dr. King from the Minnesota Historical Society via Flickr and WikiMedia, used under a Creative Commons license