Program: 2014 ACHA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

Unless otherwise stated, all panel presentations will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park

Thursday, January 2, 2014

12:00PM-7:00PM

ACHA Registration Desk Open
Marriott Wardman Park, Registration Counter B

1:00PM-3:00PM

Urban Catholics: Day, Marciniak, and Scorsese
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jackson Room)

  • Chair: James M. O’Toole (Boston College)
  • From Union Square to Heaven: The Catholic Anarchism of Dorothy Day, Anne Klejment (University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN)
  • ‘Mean Streets’ and the Age of Spiritual Fracture, Anthony Burke Smith (University of Dayton)
  • A Catholic Perspective on Capitalism and Socialism: Edward M. Marciniak’s Public Policy Positions, Charles Shanabruch (Saint Xavier University of Chicago)
  • Comment: The Audience

Catholic International Relations
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jefferson Room)

  • Chair: Gerald P. Fogarty, S.J. (University of Virginia)
  • ‘…There Are Others We Should Dislike More’: The Vatican-British Conflict over Maltese Episcopal Appointments, 1936–43, Dennis Castillo (Christ the King Seminary)
  • ‘Parallel Empires’ or ‘Holy Alliance’? An Appraisal of U.S.-Vatican Ties on the Occasion of the 30th Anniversary of Official Diplomatic Relations, Andrea Di Stefano (University of New Hampshire in Italy)
  • The ‘Silence’ of Pope Pius XII: Fact and Fiction, Frank J. Coppa (St. John’s University)
  • Comment: The Audience

Post-institutional Catholicism: Reconceptualizing American Catholicism in the Postwar Era
(Marriott Wardman Park, Johnson Room)

  • Chair and Comment: John C. Seitz (Fordham University)
  • ‘I’m Not Going to be Able to Do It Without Some Help’: Lay Postgraduate Service and the Postwar Church, Christopher Staysniak (Boston College)
  • We Are the Church: The U.S. Cursillo Movement As Impetus for Crafting New Religious Identities in a Postwar Global Context, Kristy Nabhan-Warren (University of Iowa)
  • Reimagining Catholic Healthcare: St. Vincent’s Hospital (New York City) during the Urban Crisis and AIDS Epidemic, Thomas F. Rzeznik (Seton Hall University)

3:30PM-5:30PM

Building for Meaning in Twentieth-Century America: Colorado, Nevada, and New York
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jackson Room)

  • Chair: Anthony Burke Smith (University of Dayton)
  • ‘Not Labor in Vain’: Catholicism and Basque Herders in the Nevada Sheep Industry, 1940–54, Iker Saitua (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Catholic Hermits: Restoring the Wilderness Tradition, Brian Campbell (Emory University)
  • The Basilica of Our Lady of Victory: Father Baker’s Edifice of Faith, Richard Gribble (Stonehill College)
  • Comment: Steven Avella (Marquette University)

Protestant-Catholic Clashes
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jefferson Room)

  • Chair: Joseph Pearson (University of Alabama)
  • ‘At Whatever Risk, Yet Go Forward’: How Elizabeth Seton Shaped a New World in the Early American Church, Joan Barthel (independent scholar)
  • Disagreements and Debates around Catholic Involvement in the World’s Parliament of Religions, Chicago 1893, Carlos Parra-Pirela (University of Toronto)
  • ‘Old Tar and Feathers’: Father John Bapst and Protestant-Catholic Relations in Mid-Nineteenth Century Maine, David J. Dzurec (University of Scranton)
  • Comment: The Audience

Colonizing Religion: Catholicism, Anti-Catholicism, and Empire in the Early Modern Worlds
(Marriott Wardman Park, Johnson Room)

  • Chair: Terence James Fay, S.J. (University of Toronto)
  • Global Catholic Empires and the Rise of Theology of Religions in the Sixteenth Century, Enrico Beltramini (Notre Dame de Namur University)
  • Guy Fawkeses and Union Jacks: Anti-Catholicism in ‘The Empire Where the Sun Never Sets’, Kevin Q. Doyle (Brandeis University)
  • Philippine Colonization and the American Catholic Press: A Study in Religious Imperialism, William Cossen (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Catholicism’s Role in Imperialist and Democratic Movements in the Philippines, Patricia M. Mische (Fellow, MacArthur Foundation)
  • Comment: The Audience


6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Executive Council Meeting
(Marriott Wardman Park, Madison Room A)


Friday, January 3, 2014

8:00AM-5:00PM

Registration Desk Open
Marriott Wardman Park, Registration Counter B


8:30AM-10:00AM

The Catholic Narrative in the Civil War
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jackson Room)

  • Chair: Randall M. Miller (Saint Joseph’s University)
  • Religion in the Camp: The Bishops, Chaplains, and Lived Catholicism of Union Soldiers, William B. Kurtz (University of Virginia)
  • The Daughters of Charity’s Mission of Hope and Healing: Catholic Sister Nurses Comfort Civil War Victims, Betty Ann McNeil (DePaul University)
  • Father James Sheeran: Redemptorist Chaplain to the Fourteenth Louisiana, Patrick J. Hayes (Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province)
  • Comment: David Endres (Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary)

Faith Healing: Demons, Penance, and Miracles
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jefferson Room)

  • Chair: Carol Anderson (The Catholic University of America)
  • ‘Miraculous Power, Fortified with Iodide of Potash’: Pittsburgh’s Father Mollinger, Healer, Kate Lukaszewicz (Duquesne University)
  • Pity, Disgust, and Corrective Action: Demonic Possession and Emotional Response in Later Medieval Miracle Stories, Leigh Ann Craig (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • A Beautiful Penitent, Beautiful Penitence: Franciscan Preaching and Penance as an Act of Love, Raymond J. Dansereau (Rutgers University, New Brunswick)
  • Comment: The Audience

War, Peace, and Priests
(Marriott Wardman Park, Johnson Room)

  • Chair: Susan L. Graham (Saint Peter’s University)
  • Confessor to the Nazis: Father Fabian Flynn’s Service as the Catholic Chaplain of the International War Crimes Tribunal at Nuremberg, Sean Philip Brennan (University of Scranton)
  • The Catholic Priest and the Redemption of Postwar France, 1944–50, Sheila Nowinski (Siena Heights University)
  • Like Fathers, Like Sons in the Mother Church: Early History of Vietnamese Clergy Formation and Their Spirituality from the Perspective of Sichuan-Go Thi Synod, Lan Ngo (The Catholic University of America)
  • Comment: The Audience

Religious Identity: Crusaders, Tudors, and Romans
(Marriott Wardman Park, Taylor Room)

  • Chair: Vanessa R. Taylor (The Catholic University of America)
  • Crusader’s London, Corliss K. Slack (Whitworth University)
  • Henricians and the Quest for Christian Origins, Lauren Horn Griffin (UC, Santa Barbara)
  • Catholic Advocates of Religious Tolerance in Early Modern Rome, 1570–1605, Charles Keenan (Northwestern University at Chicago)
  • Comment: The Audience

10:30AM-12:00PM

Virgin or Whore? Perceptions of Christian Women
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jackson Room)

  • Chair: Mary Beth Fraser Connolly (Valparaiso University)
  • Didactic Dialogue: The Voice of Mary in the Late Middle Ages, Vanessa R. Taylor (The Catholic University of America)
  • Recovering a Fairer Heloise, Kim Lungociu (University of Maryland at College Park)
  • The Grammar of Assent: Some Pre-History in Newman’s Correspondence with Women on Faith and Reason, Edward Enright (Merrimack College)
  • Comment: The Audience

Sex, Penance, and Death
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jefferson Room)

  • Chair and Comment: Lawrence Duggan (University of Delaware)
  • Catholicism and Sex Education Controversaries: A Global Comparison, Kristy L. Slominski (UC, Santa Barbara)
  • From Obligation to Freedom: Changes in Catholic Penitential Practices in the United States, 1955–75, Maria C. Morrow (University of Dayton)
  • Engaging the Material to Comprehend the Immaterial: Material Culture and American Catholic Understanding of Death and Dying, 1900–50, Sarah K. Nytroe (DeSales University)

Latin America as a Renewed Missionary Field and the Influence of Vatican II
(Marriott Wardman Park, Johnson Room)

  • Chair: Terence James Fay, S.J. (University of Toronto)
  • The Center for Intercultural Formation, Its Reports, 1962–67, and a Critical Understanding of Mission in Latin America, Rosa Bruno-Jofre (Queen’s University, Canada) & Jon Igelmo (Queen’s University and University of Deusto, Spain)
  • The Context and Expectations of Four Congregations of Atlantic Canadian Women Religious’ Latin American Missionary Endeavours, Heidi MacDonald (University of Lethbridge)
  • ‘Just Dedicate Your Life to Work in the Sisters’ Mission’: The Experience of Two Canadian Communities of Women Religious in the Caribbean and Central America, Elizabeth Smyth (University of Toronto)

12:00PM-2:00PM

LUNCHTIME ROUNDTABLE: “Life As a Graduate Student or Junior Faculty Member”
(Marriott Wardman Park, Johnson Room)

Chair: Angelyn Dries (Saint Louis University)


2:30PM-4:30PM

Reverend John J. Hugo and American Catholicism, 1911–85
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jackson Room)

  • Chair: Howard Gray (Georgetown University)
  • Limits of Obedience: John Hugo and Resisting the Military State, Jack Downey (La Salle University)
  • Beyond ‘The Retreat’: The Significance of John Hugo for Mid-Century American Catholicism, Benjamin Peters (University of Saint Joseph)
  • John Hugo and Catholic Parish Life in Cold War Pittsburgh, Charles Thomas Strauss (Mount Saint Mary’s University)
  • Comment: David O’Brien (College of the Holy Cross)

PANEL PRESENTATION: Connecting the Dots: Archives, Digital Resources, and Universities
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jefferson Room)

  • Chair: Timothy J. Meagher (The Catholic University of America)
  • Speakers: Una M. Cadegan (University of Dayton), Mary Beth Fraser Connolly (Valparaiso University), Patricia Lawton (University of Notre Dame), Emilie Gagnet Leumas (Archdiocese of New Orleans), Maria R. Mazzenga (The Catholic University of America)

6:30PM-8:30PM

General Membership (Business) Meeting
(Marriott Wardman Park, Harding Room)


Saturday, January 4, 2014

8:30AM-5:00PM

Registration Desk Open
Marriott Wardman Park, Registration Counter B


9:00AM-11:00AM

Meditation and Contemplation
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jackson Room)

  • Chair: Lauren Horn Griffin (UC, Santa Barbara)
  • The Mediation of the Dead in the ‘Liber Revelationum’ of Peter of Cornwall, Michael Barbezat (University of Toronto)
  • Living Memory in Medieval Pavia: Christian Past and Present Devotion in ‘Opicinus de Canistris’ Liber de Laudibus Civitatis Ticinensis’, Carol Anderson (The Catholic University of America)
  • Comment: The Audience

Black Catholic Publications
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jefferson Room)

  • Chair: Cyprian Davis (Saint Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary)
  • The FCC’s Chronicle: A Monitor and Barometer of American Race Relations, Katrina M. Sanders (University of Iowa)
  • Black Catholics Investigating Progressive Ideas in Catholic Education through the Cardinal’s Notebook, Cecilia A. Moore (University of Dayton)
  • Theology: A Portrait in Black, Kimberly Flint Hamilton (Stetson University)
  • Comment: Kristy Nabhan-Warren (University of Iowa)

The Vatican as an International Actor, 1933–58
(Marriott Wardman Park, Johnson Room)

  • Chair: Charles R. Gallagher, S.J. (Boston College)
  • The Vatican in the Ecumenical and Interfaith Context, 1933–45, Victoria J. Barnett (Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Washington D.C.)
  • ‘Love Thy Neighbor’? The Vatican’s Response to the First Anti-Jewish Laws, April 1933, Suzanne Brown-Fleming (Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Washington D.C.)
  • ‘The Money was Given for Love of God’: Reassessing the Vatican’s Role in Jewish Rescue during World War II, R. A. Ventresca (King’s University College at Western University, Canada)
  • The Catholic Church, Partition, and Popular Transfer in the 1940s, Giuliana Chamedes (Columbia University)
  • Comment: The Audience

12:00PM-2:00PM

Presidential Luncheon
(Marriott Wardman Park, Madison Room)


2:30PM-4:30PM

PRESIDENTIAL ROUNDTABLE: The Place of Gender in Catholic Studies
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jackson Room)

  • Chair: Margaret M. McGuinness (La Salle University)
  • Comment: Kathleen Sprows Cummings (University of Notre Dame); Mary Henold (Roanoke College); Paula M. Kane (University of Pittsburgh); Brenna Moore (Fordham University)

The Missionary Worlds of U. S. Franciscans, 1910–80
(Marriott Wardman Park, Tower room 8212)

  • Chair: Jeffrey M. Burns (Academy of American Franciscan History)
  • Rediscovering Changing Franciscan Missionary Identity: Father Leo Ferrary in Twentieth-Century Republican China, Robert E. Carbonneau (Passionist Historical Archives)
  • U.S. Franciscan Missionaries in Goias, Brazil: Legacy and Leave-Taking, Margaret Guider (Boston College)
  • The Politics of Recognition and Accommodation: Bonaventure Oblasser, O.F.M., among Arizona’s Tohono O’odham, 1911–39, David Endres (Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary)
  • Comment: Angelyn Dries (Saint Louis University)

5:30PM-6:30PM

Liturgy of the Eucharist
Rev. Gerald Fogarty, S.J., presiding
(Marriott Wardman Park, Harding Room)


6:30PM-7:30PM

ACHA Social, Marriott Wardman Park, Madison Room


Sunday, January 5, 2014

8:30AM-10:30AM

Creeds and Commentaries
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jackson Room)

  • Chair: John O’Malley (Georgetown University)
  • The Context of the Decree ‘Tametsi’, Matthew R. Kuettel (University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN)
  • The Usefulness of Creeds: A Medieval Perspective, Owen Michael Phelan (Mount Saint Mary’s University)
  • Comment: The Audience

Conflict and Controversy in Nineteenth-Century American Catholic History
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jefferson Room)

  • Chair: James T. Carroll (Iona College)
  • ‘A Brave Man and a Repentant Christian’: Narciso Lopez, William Walker, and the Quandary of Catholic Filibustering, Andrew N. Denton (Emory University)
  • Histoire Critique and la Question Biblique: Alfred Loisy’s Use of Richard Simon Prior to the Modernist Controversy, Jeffrey Morrow (Seton Hall University)
  • Mysticism in Controversy: ‘Heckerism’, Americanism, and Modernism, Charles Talar (University of Saint Thomas, Houston, TX)
  • Comment: The Audience

Catholicism in the Late Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic
(Marriott Wardman Park, Johnson Room)

  • Chair: Patrick Carey (Marquette University)
  • French Catholics, British Subjects, and the Limits of the Anglican Confessional State, 1759–91, Mary Sanderson (Wright State University)
  • ‘As Mankind Becomes More Liberal’: Catholicism and Religious Freedom in Early U.S. State Constitutions, Michael S. Carter (University of Dayton)
  • Between Catholic Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment: Charles Plowden and the Atlantic Networks of the Suppressed Jesuits, 1773–1814, Ronald A. Binzley (Madison College)
  • Comment: The Audience

11:00-1:00PM

Catholic Oppression: Poland, Ireland, Puerto Rico, and Japan
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jackson Room)

  • Chair: Sean Philip Brennan (University of Scranton)
  • Martyrdom, Resurrection, and Vindication: Moral and Catholic Nationhood in Ireland and Poland in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, David R.C. Hudson (Texas A&M University)
  • Church Teaching on Race and Oppression for Puerto Ricans in Frank Rizzo’s Philadelphia, 1964–79, Adán Stevens-Díaz (Temple University)
  • ‘Ten-Thousand-Mile Parish’: American Catholic Missions to Japanese in the United States during World War II, Yuki Yamazaki (Keiwa College)
  • Comment: The Audience

U.S. Education: The Immigrant Experience
(Marriott Wardman Park, Jefferson Room)

  • Chair: Stephanie A.T. Jacobe (American University)
  • Alma Mater, the ‘Mother of Exiles’? Higher Education, the Society of Jesus, and a Society of Immigrants, Michael M. Canaris (Fairfield University)
  • Cattell’s Catholics: Who Were These American Men of Science?, Dana A. Freiburger (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
  • Comment: The Audience

Liturgical Imagination and Social Justice: Four Cases in Postconciliar U.S. Catholic Activism
(Marriott Wardman Park, Johnson Room)

  • Chair and Comment: John C. Seitz (Fordham University)
  • Liturgy As Protest: Black Catholic Masses in the Post-Conciliar United States, Matthew J. Cressler (Northwestern University)
  • Involvement and the Church Building: Ecumenism, Social Justice, Architecture, and the Inner City in the 1960s United States, Catherine Osborne (Franklin and Marshall University)
  • Priests Protesting Priesthood: Roman Catholic Women priests and Sacred, Sacramental Imagination, Jill Peterfeso (Guilford College)
  • Preaching from Pews versus Protesting in Parking Lots: A Spatial Mapping of Reform Organizations, Brian J. Clites (Northwestern University)

New Grant Opportunities for 2014-2015

Graduate Student Summer Research Grant

The Graduate Student Summer Research Grant will be awarded to an ACHA graduate student member who is ABD and attending an accredited institution of higher learning. The deadline for applying for funding is February 15, 2014; notification will be no later than March 31st.

Junior Faculty Grant

The Junior Faculty Grant will be awarded to an ACHA tenure track scholar to assist in summer travel to conduct research. The deadline for applying for a grant is February 15, 2014. Notification of awards will be no later than March 31st.


ACHA Prizes and Awards

John Gilmary Shea Prize

John Gilmary Shea Prize is given annually to the author of a book, published during a preceding twelve-month period, which is judged by a committee of experts to have made the most original and distinguished contribution to knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church. Any author who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is eligible. The prize consists of $750 and is presented each January at the Association’s annual meeting. Books to be entered in the competition must have been published in the 2013 calendar year.

The Howard R. Marraro Prize

The Howard R. Marraro Prize is given annually to the author of a book that is judged by a committee of experts to be the most distinguished work dealing with Italian history or Italo-American history or relations that has been published in a preceding twelve-month period. The prize award is $750. Any author who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is eligible.

The John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award

The John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award, which carries a purse of $1200, is given to assist a graduate student working on some aspect of the history of the Catholic Church. Those wishing to enter the competition for the award must be citizens or authorized residents (i.e., permanent residents or on student visas) of the United States or Canada, and must be enrolled in a doctoral program at a recognized institution of higher education.

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