To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of the Holy Family, the New York Chapter of the Friends of Henriette Delille is hosting a screening of the film, “The Courage to Love,” in the parish center at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 405 W. 59th St., Manhattan, Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.
The film, starring Vanessa Williams, is based on the life of Mother Henriette Delille, S.S.F., who founded the Sisters of the Holy Family, a congregation of black nuns, in New Orleans in 1842. The order, which continues to serve in several states and has a mission in Belize, became well known for its care of the elderly, the poor and children, and it also established schools.
Mother Henriette’s sainthood case was opened in 1988, and was unanimously endorsed by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 1997. Pope Benedict XVI declared Mother Henriette venerable on March 27, 2010, and in 2015, the New Orleans archdiocesan investigation was completed.