Margretta Stokes Tucker

Teaching Fellow, Department of Catholic Studies
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Catholic Studies


Ph.D., Theology, Duquesne University, 2013
M.S., Religious Education, Duquesne University, 1987
B.A., Psychology, Religious Studies, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, 1977

My particular interest in Black Catholic theology and history is reflected in my doctoral dissertation, "Towards a Black Catholic Theology of Reconciliation." The 1984 document, "‘What We Have Seen and Heard:' A Pastoral Letter from the Black Bishops of the United States," was seminal to my work. In addition, I have given numerous local and national presentations and workshops on racial and cultural diversity, social justice, and racism in the Church and society.

For twenty-seven years, I worked for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh where I directed offices providing programs and advocating for the full inclusion of and ministry to African, African American, Korean, Hispanic and Vietnamese Catholics. The experience has given me an invaluable perspective on the role of education as an indispensable bridge in providing intercultural and interreligious dialogue and heuristic opportunity for learners.

Additionally, I am interested in the intersectionality between racism, anti-Semitism and genocide. Because of these interests, including Judaism, Jewish-Christian relations, and the Catholic response to Nostra Aetate and the Holocaust, I have traveled to Israel several times attending classes at Hebrew University and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and living on a Benedictine Christian kibbutz, Tel Gamaliel. Currently, I serve on the Advisory Committee and Board of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.

Teaching Experience

Carlow University - Introduction to the Bible; Women and Religion
Duquesne University - Introduction to the Bible


"Black Catholics in Pittsburgh: Endurance and Survival." Catholic Historical Society, Gathered Fragments 18 (2007).

"The Success, Impact and Varied Roles of the Offices of Black Ministry in the Church Today." Presented at We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight, 25th Commemoration of the U.S. Bishops Pastoral "Brothers and Sisters to Us" for the Bishops' Committee on African American Catholics, USCCB Meeting, November 14, 2004.

"Rooting out racism today." Total Catholic Education Report, Secretariat for Education, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Fall 1996.