Fr. Cyprian Davis, OSB

Fr. Cyprian Davis, OSB, was a professor emeritus of church history at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. He also has taught Black Catholic history at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies, 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. 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.

Until his death in 2015, he had been a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey since 1951. He served as archivist for Saint Meinrad Archabbey and for the Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation. He was a founding member of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus.

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