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Remembering Shawnee Daniels-Sykes - d. 10/31/22

10/31/2022 1:33 PM | Anonymous

The CTSA remembers longstanding member, colleague, mentor and dear friend of many Shawnee Daniels-Sykes, who died this morning.  

Eternal rest grant unto Shawnee, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Convention contributions include:

ConvenerHuman Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery Interest Group, Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 73 (2018). Served as Moderator in 2017, see Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America 72

Convener, Black Catholic Theology Consultation: "The Sacramental Imagination--African Appropriation of Catholicism", Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 67 (2012). Moderator, Black Catholic Theology Consultation, Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 72 (2017); Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 70 (2015) and "Black Catholic Theologians Across the Generations",  Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 63 (2013) .  Co-convener and Presenter, Consultation on Black Catholic Theology,   Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 69 (2014).

Shawnee's Bio* 

*Shawnee M. Daniels-Sykes, PhD", Women and The Catholic Social Tradition, University of San Francisco Blog Website Page.


  • 10/31/2022 3:05 PM | Timothy Brunk
    Shawnee was a friend and companion of mine when we were in the doctoral program at Marquette. Insight and compassion were two of her hallmarks.
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  • 10/31/2022 3:16 PM | Michele Saracino, Ph.D.
    So sad to her about Shawnee. I too knew her from Marquette. She had a beautiful smile, an open heart, and a curious mind. Rest In Peace.
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  • 10/31/2022 4:19 PM | Mary Jo Iozzio
    I learned early this morning of death's visit to our dear friend and colleague Shawnee. She and I have been friends and collaborators on a number of projects over the years. Gratefully, we spoke just a few weeks ago, and I am honored by her writing the "Foreword" to my forthcoming Disability Ethics/Preferential Justice. May she rest in peace.
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  • 10/31/2022 4:37 PM | Dr Mary L Schneider
    Shawnee was a dear friend and colleague. She was a pioneer in addressing women's issues, racism and a host of other intersectional realities. Mt. Mary and her students will miss her very much. May she rest in the arms of God, knowing she has done what was hers to do...
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  • 10/31/2022 5:06 PM | Christine Firer Hinze (Administrator)
    I had the great honor of directing Shawnee's doctoral dissertation at Marquette. Throughout the years I have been privileged to know Shawnee, I have admired her gifts, her wisdom, her delight and joy in life, her contributions as a pioneer in our field of theological and social ethics, her courage and perseverance amid her health challenges, and most of all, who she was and is -- a remarkable, loving, caring, person - a role model of faith and of living for many, including me. Rest in peace, dear Shawnee.
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  • 10/31/2022 7:00 PM | Cristina Traina
    I'll always remember Shawnee as committeed to justice, unwilling to be satisfied with the easy or popular argument, generous, kind, and unfailingly hospitable--not to mention active and engaged to the end. I will miss her voice and spirit.
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  • 11/01/2022 8:10 AM | Anna Floerke Scheid
    I love Shawnee and am so grieved at losing her. She radiated joy and justice. I will always remember a moment at a Catholic liturgy at SCE when we were singing "Wade in the Water" and she embodied that song with grace and power. God give us comfort. Shawnee, pray for us.
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  • 11/02/2022 9:09 PM | Maria-Pilar Aquino
    I am sad about Shawnee's passing. An insightful mind and a compassionate heart, a five-star member who served the Society generously. I will miss her indeed. May you rest in peace, dear Shawnee.
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  • 11/09/2022 11:59 AM | Shannon M. McAlister
    I was saddened to learn of Shawnee's passing. I had the pleasure of rooming with her when the CTSA was last held in Puerto Rico. She was delightful--and she was a fireball! As two extroverts, we really hit it off.

    Shawnee will be missed.
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