Fr. Cyprian Davis, OSB
Title: Professor Emeritus of Church History
- DrSciHist (University of Louvain, 1977)
- LicSciHist (University of Louvain, 1963)
- STL (The Catholic University of America, 1957)
- BA (Saint Meinrad College, 1953)
Fr. Cyprian Davis, OSB, is a professor of church history
in the School of Theology. He regularly teaches Black Catholic
history at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies, a summer
institute at Xavier University in New Orleans.
He received the John Gilmary Shea Award from the American
Catholic Historical Association for his book, The History of Black
Catholics in the United States. He also wrote the book, The Church:
A Living Heritage, as well as numerous articles. His most recent
book is Stamped with the Image of God: African Americans as God's
Image in Black (Orbis Books, 2004), which he co-edited with Jamie
He has also finished a book on the life of Henriette
Delille, the black foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family in
New Orleans, and most recently edited a book of historical essays
about Saint Meinrad, To Prefer Nothing to Christ, (Abbey Press,
2004) as part of the archabbey's 150th anniversary.
In 2002, he was awarded the Johannes Quasten Medal for
excellence in scholarship and leadership in religious studies from
The Catholic University of America.
In 2004 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from
the Saint Meinrad Alumni Association.
He has received honorary degrees from the University of
Notre Dame in 2001, the Catholic Theological Union in 2002, St.
Vincent's College, Latrobe, PA, in 2003, and The Catholic
University of America in 2006.
He has been a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey
He serves as archivist for Saint Meinrad Archabbey and for
the Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation. He also is the
archivist for the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, of which
he was a founding member in 1968.