Pickin' Cotton On the Way to Church: Father Boniface Hardin
Pickin’ Cotton on the Way to Church: The Life and Work of Father Boniface Hardin, OSB
By Nancy Van Note Chism

This is a biography of Father Boniface Hardin, a Benedictine monk. Excluded from the seminaries in Kentucky because of his race, he enrolled in Saint Meinrad Seminary in Spencer County, Indiana. After completing his studies he took his vows as monk and was ordained a priest in 1959.

In 1965 he accepted the position of associate pastor at Holy Angels Catholic Church, a predominately black parish in Indianapolis. Father Hardin was a social activist who spoke out against poverty, segregation, and police brutality, actions that were considered inappropriate for a priest.

Father Hardin soon left Holy Angels, and, along with Sister Jane Shilling, opened the Martin Center, where they advocated full time for the poor and disenfranchised through a series of programs and services. Realizing the correlation between education and career advancement, Father Boniface and Sister Jane founded Martin University, the only predominately African American institution of higher learning in Indiana.

Hardcover, 193 pages. IHS Press, 2019. ISBN 9780871954336

About the author
Nancy Chism moved to Indiana in 1999 and became professor of higher education and student affairs at Indiana University and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She retired in 2012 and currently is president of the board of trustees of Martin University.

Publisher: Indiana Historical Society Press Published Date: 7/22/2019

Length: 193 pages
Illustrations: Black and white
ISBN: 9780871954336
Price: 24.95
Format: Hardcover


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