Heidi Christein, archivist at the Archdiocese of Detroit, wrote to let scholars know that several collections at the Archives of the Archdiocese of Detroit have reopened for research. Additionally, the administrative offices of the Archdiocese of Detroit have moved. The new address is 12 State Street, Detroit, Michigan, 48226.
Bill Cossen (research travel grant recipient, 2014) is a finalist for the 2015 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2015. He also received the 2015 Presidential Graduate Scholarship from the American Catholic Historical Association, and he presented his paper “Catholic Gatekeepers: The Church and Immigration Reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era” at the ACHA’s spring meeting. His article “Education in the Name of the Lord: The Rise and Decline of the Hartford Diocesan Labor Institute and the Fate of Catholic Labor Schools,” is forthcoming in the Catholic Historical Review, and his review of James M. Woods’ A History of the Catholic Church in the American South, 1513-1900 will appear in a forthcoming issue of the South Carolina Historical Magazine."
Matthew Cressler will be assistant professor at the College of Charleston beginning fall 2015. He is at work on a book manuscript titled “From Conversion to Revolution: The Rise of Black Catholic Chicago.” His article “Black Power, Vatican II, and the Emergence of Black Catholic Liturgies” appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of U.S. Catholic Historian. Last November Cressler gave an invited lecture to the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana titled “Black Catholics from Great Migrations to Black Power.”
Charlotte Hansen (2013 Cushwa Fellow) edited, with Andrew Chandler, Observing Vatican II: The Confidential Reports of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative, Bernard Pawley, 1961–1964, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014 as part of its Camden Fifth Series. Hansen also recently presented several papers: “‘Wanton’ 19th-Century (American) Catholic Attacks on the Jesuits: An Examination of Catholic Reactions to the Jesuits, with Particular Reference to Orestes A. Brownson” at “Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814-2014” at Loyola University Chicago (October 2014); “Doubt (2008): A Historical Reading of a Film about the Uncertainties of Certainty” at the Ecclesiastical History Society Annual Conference (July 2014); and “Observing Vatican II: Ecumenical Diplomacy and the Second Vatican Council, 1962-65” at the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research: Modern Religious History. She is working on a monograph with the working title “Catholicism between Hope and Resignation: A Study of European and American Catholics, Liberal in Politics but Not in Doctrine."
Candice Shy Hooper (2014 travel grant recipient) finished her book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women who Influenced the Civil War—for Better and for Worse. It is set to be published by Kent State University Press in 2016. While she did much of her research on Ellen Sherman in the Notre Dame Archives’ online collection, a travel research grant allowed her to spend five days at the Archives in person to complete her research. “The travel grant was truly invaluable, not only for the work in the archives but also because I got to spend some time with Dr. Cummings. And the archivists, Kevin Cawley, Joseph Smith, and Charles Lamb have been so helpful in helping me get the permissions and illustrations I need for the book.”
Paula M. Kane’s chapter “Stigmatic Cults and Pilgrimage: The Convergence of Private and Public Faith,” appears in Christian Homes: Religion, Family and Domesticity in the 19th and 20th Centuries, edited by Tine Van Osselaer and Patrick Pasture and published in 2014 by Leuven University Press.
Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s book, Mortal Blessings: A Sacramental Farewell, is a memoir about her mother’s last days and the process of saying goodbye. It was published by Ave Maria Press in 2014.
Christopher Shannon authored, with Christopher O. Blum, The Past as Pilgrimage: Narrative, Tradition, and the Renewal of Catholic History. It was published by Christendom Press in 2014.
The Hesburgh Libraries has recently acquired the Thomas M. Loome Collection in Catholic Modernism, which comprehensively covers books on Modernism in Catholic thought, with more than 1,500 volumes. The printed works cover output from Great Britain, France, Italy, and Germany, but also include primary works for Modernism in the Netherlands, U.S., Switzerland, and Austria. Most of these printed works were published between 1895 and 1912, but the collection also includes subsequent studies and monographs on Modernism and individual Modernists. In addition to books, the collection includes manuscript material from several principal thinkers, including George Tyrrell (letters) and Friedrich von Hügel (correspondence with other thinkers and relatives). Thomas Loome, the compiler of the collection (and former owner/ bookseller of Loome Theological Books, Stillwater, Minnesota), has written widely on Modernism, and the collection includes his extensive research notes, reprints, copies of archival sources, and correspondence concerning his research and the debates.The Loome Catholic Modernism Collection will be housed in Rare Books and Special Collections, and processing of the collection will begin soon. Visit rarebooks.library.nd.edu for more information.
The College of the Holy Cross announced the launch of a new online resource for the study of Catholicism around the world— among the people and within the cultures where it is lived. Catholics & Cultures (www.catholicsandcultures.org) is a growing, changing depiction of the 21st-century Catholic Church, replete with photo galleries, videos, scholarly articles, audio interviews, and demographic data. Visitors to the site can delve into the rich content of a single country or explore by theme to compare among many.
This update was first published in the Spring 2015 issue of the American Catholic Studies Newsletter.