The Peter Guilday Prize

The Guilday Prize at a Glance

What it is:

The Guilday Prize honors a manuscript published in the Catholic Historical Review by an author who has not previously been published. 





Winner announced:

Annually at the beginning of the year


Nelson Minnich, [email protected] 
Editor, Catholic Historical Review

Submission instructions:

Submissions are not accepted. The award is determined by the editorial staff of the CHR from articles published in the journal.

About the Guilday Prize

The Peter Guilday Prize is awarded for a manuscript, accepted by the editor of the Catholic Historical Review, that is the author’s first scholarly publication. There is no entry or submission process for the prize; it is awarded to an already-published article in the CHR.

The award period runs from September 1 to August 31 of each year. The award, with a $250 purse, is announced at the beginning of the following year.

Any author who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is eligible.

Submission Rules

The general rules for submission are:

  1. The manuscript must be the author’s first scholarly publication.
  2. The author must be a permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
  3. The manuscript must meet all publication requirements of the Catholic Historical Review.

Past Winners

Year Awardee Article CHR issue (year)
2021 Richard T. Yoder “From the Dove to the Eagle: Jansenist Visual Culture Between Piety and Polemic" 107 (2021)
2020 Daniel Thompson “Spaces of Dissent: Violence and Cuban Catholic Resistance, 1959-1961” 106 (2020)
2019 Not awarded
2018 Troy J. Tice “‘Containing Heresy and Errors’: Thomas of Bailly and the Condemned Extracts of the Mirror of Simple Souls” 104 (2018)
2017 Kathleen Walkowiak “Public Authority and Private Constraints: Eugenius III and the Council of Reims” 103 (2017)
2016 Christopher Riedel, Ph.D. “Praising God Together: Monastic Reformers and Laypeople in Tenth-Century Winchester” 102 (2016)
2015 Scott Berg “Seeing Prussia through Austrian Eyes: The Kölner Ereignis and Its Significance for Church and State in Central Europe” 101 (2015)
2014 Anette Lippold “Sisterly Advice and Eugenic Education: The Katholische Deutsche Frauenbund and German Catholic Marriage Counseling in the 1920s and 1930s” 100 (2014)
2013 Sean Fabun “Catholic Chaplains in the Civil War,” 99 (2013)
2012 Julia G. Young “Cristero Diaspora: Mexican Emigrants, the U.S. Catholic Church, and Mexico’s
Cristero War, 1926-1929”
98 (2012)
2011 Helena Dawes “The Catholic Church and the Woman Question: Catholic Feminism in Italy in the Early 1900s" 97 (2011)
2010 Seth Marshall Meehan “From Patriotism to Pluralism: How Catholics Initiated the Repeal of Birth Control Restrictions in
96 (2010)
2009 Erik Chaput “Diversity and Independence in the Educational Marketplace: The Rhode Island Citizens for Educational Freedom and the 1968 Tuition-Grant Debate" 95 (2009)
2007 Hui-Hung Chen “The Human Body as a Universe: Understanding Heaven by Visualization and Sensibility in Jesuit Cartography in China,” 93 (2007)
1997 Christopher M. Bellitto “The Early Development of Pierre d’Ailly’s Conciliarism" 83 (1997)
1981 Vincent J. McNally "John Thomas Troy, Archbishop of Dublin, and the Establishment of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 1791– 1795" 67 (1981)
1980 Virginia W. Leonard “Education and the Church-State Clash in Argentina, 1954–1955" 66 (1980)
1977 J. Dean O’Donnell “Cardinal Charles Lavigerie: The Politics of Getting a Red Hat" 63 (1977)
1973 James Gaffey "The Changing of the Guard: The Rise of Cardinal O’Connell of Boston" 59 (1973)