International Conference: North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622–1939


Location: Rome Global Gateway

Rgg ExteriorNotre Dame's Rome Global Gateway

It is well known that Rome and its ecclesiastical institutions stood at the center of what amounted to a global Catholic empire, with the pope reigning as emperor, the Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide operating as a kind of colonial office, and the various national colleges of Ireland, England, Scotland and (from 1859) "North America," serving a function analogous to that of modern embassies. Although this Catholic empire had interests all over the globe, one of its most important theaters was the North Atlantic world. The Catholics of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales interacted with one another at home, settled British North America and the United States, encountered the French-speaking Catholics of Québec, and struggled with Protestants and with one another.

This international conference will help identify the transnational network comprised of so many individuals who, despite the fact that they came from different countries in the North Atlantic region, had their destination, or their intellectual point of reference, in the Eternal City and looked to Rome as their spiritual metropole. Presentations in English, Italian, and French will deal with communities in Rome originating from present-day England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, English- and French-speaking Canada, and the United States. International perspectives will highlight the global dimension of Rome as a unique cultural and religious crossroad.

An opening keynote and reception are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5, and the last sessions of the conference will conclude by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7. The conference schedule will include plenary lectures by Colin Barr (University of Aberdeen) and Thomas O'Connor (National University of Ireland, Maynooth). A detailed schedule will be available for download from this site by May 1.

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Director, Cushwa Center
Luca Codignola, Senior Fellow, Cushwa Center

Conference Coordinator: 
Matteo Binasco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cushwa Center

Travel & Lodging:
Participants will make their own travel and lodging arrangements, but conference organizers will provide a list of housing options close to the conference venue (University of Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway, via Ostilia 15, 00184 Rome, Italy).