DIOCESE OF BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS
Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., STD
Bishop of Belleville
Edward K. Braxton was a priest of the Archdiocese of
Chicago when he was appointed to the Episcopacy by Pope
John Paul II on March 28, 1995. He was ordained a Bishop
on May 17, 1995. Braxton was installed as Bishop of Lake
Charles February 21, 2001and installed as Bishop of
Belleville on June 22, 2005 at the Cathedral of Saint
He is Chairman of the NCCB Committee for
the American College of the University of Louvain. He is
a member of NCCB's Committees on Education, Science and
Human Values, and Scripture Translation. He serves as
the Convenor of the African American Catholic Bishops.
He is a pastoral theologian, who earned
his MA and S.T.L. from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary,
Mundelein, Illinois and whose Ph.D. in Religious Studies
and S.T.D. in systematic theology are from the Catholic
University of Louvain in Belgium.
The Bishop, a native of Chicago, has long
been involved in interracial and intercultural dialogue.
He has lectured in major cities and townships of South
Africa during their annual "winter school."
His participation in Jewish-Christian dialogue has taken
him to Israel several times. Bishop Braxton's personal
interest in the impact of the arts (especially film,
television, music, architecture, sculpture, and
painting) on religion in contemporary culture is a key
factor in his current research.
In August 1997, the Bishop addressed the
Bishops of the United States who attended the National
Black Catholic Congress on the topic "Take Into
account Various Situations and Cultures: Evangelization
The Bishop's writings have appeared in
the Harvard Theological Review, Theological Studies,
Louvain Studies, Irish Theological Quarterly, The New
Catholic Encyclopedia, Origins, Commonwealth, America,
The National Catholic Reporter, and other journals.
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