News and announcements


Friends of Cushwa news and notes


Shaun Blanchard (Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University) published an article in the summer 2018 issue of the U.S. Catholic Historian, “Neither Cisalpine nor Ultramontane: John Carroll’s Ambivalent Relationship with English Catholicism, 1780–1800.”


Michael Breidenbach (Ave Maria University; Corpus Christi College, Oxford) published an essay, “Jacques Maritain and Leo XIII on the Problem of Church-State Relations,” in The Things that Matter: Essays Inspired by the Later Work of Jacques Maritain, edited by Heidi M. Giebel (Catholic University of America Press, 2018).


Donna Whitson Brett and Edward T. Brett (La Roche College) have published a new book, Martyrs of Hope: Seven U.S. Missioners in Central America (Orbis Books, 2018).


Valentina Ciciliot (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy) has published an essay, “John Paul II’s Canonisation Policy,” in The Papacy in the Contemporary Age, edited by Giovanni Vian (Edizioni Ca’ Foscari, 2018).


Katherine Dugan (Springfield College) announces the release of Millennial Missionaries: How a Group of Young Catholics is Trying to Make Catholicism Cool, published by Oxford University Press in January 2019. Research Travel Grant funds from the Cushwa Center supported archival research that contributed particularly to the book’s first chapter on the history of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).


Elizabeth Foster (Tufts University) is pleased to announce her new book, African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church, appearing in March 2019 with Harvard University Press.


David Givens (University of Pittsburgh) successfully defended his dissertation, “Digital Devotions: Constructing Sexual and Spiritual Identities through Queer Saint Narratives Online,” on November 15, 2018.


Theresa Keeley (University of Louisville) has published an article, “Not Above the Fray: Religious and Political Divides’ Impact on U.S. Missionary Sisters in 1980s Nicaragua,” in the Winter 2019 issue of the U.S. Catholic Historian. The article grew out of a paper from the Cushwa Center’s 2017 conference, Too Small a World: Catholic Sisters as Global Missionaries, and was based on research from the Notre Dame Archives using a Cushwa Center Research Travel Grant.


Christopher Korten (Adam Mickiewicz University) relays that he has finished a book entitled Half-Truths: the Irish College, Rome, and a select history of the Catholic Church, 1772–1826, published in 2018 by Adam Mickiewicz University Press (Poznań, Poland).


Maximilian Longley (independent scholar; 2018 Hibernian Award recipient) published an article in the fall 2018 issue of the U.S. Catholic Historian, “The Radicalization of James McMaster: The ‘Puritan’ North as an Enemy of Peace, the Constitution, and the Catholic Church.”


Carmen M. Mangion (Birkbeck, University of London) has published “‘Tolerable Intolerance’: Protestantism, Sectarianism and Voluntary Hospitals in Late-nineteenth-century London” in the October 2018 issue of Medical History.


Timothy Matovina (University of Notre Dame) has published Theologies of Guadalupe: From the Era of Conquest to Pope Francis with Oxford University Press (2018).


Bronwen McShea (Princeton University) writes to share an update on research supported by the Cushwa Center: “Using funds from the Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grant that I was honored to receive in 2018, I spent several weeks in late November and early December in the city of Valence, France. I was able to consult extensive archival materials in the Archives Départementales de Drôme which relate to the life of Marie-Madeleine de Vignerot, the Duchesse d’Aiguillon (1604–1675), whose biography I am writing. D’Aiguillon, who was Cardinal Richelieu’s niece and heiress, was the patroness of numerous Catholic religious institutions and charities in France. She was also a pioneering figure in the history of the Church’s missionary expansion into North America, Southeast Asia, North Africa, and the Levant. My findings so far suggest that she played a more leaderly role in post-Tridentine, French Catholic ecclesial and political life than we expect to see for a laywoman of the era. I am now back at Princeton making progress with my manuscript, which I hope to see published as my second book.”


Mary Christine Morkovsky, C.D.P., has published Pilgrims in Providence: A History of the Texas Congregation of Divine Providence in Mexico (Xlibris, 2018). The book will appear in English and in Spanish and is the author’s third history of a religious congregation.


Michael Skaggs (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2017) became executive director of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, based at Brandeis University, upon its launch in November. This year he will also begin working on the NEH-­funded project “Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces,” for which James O’Toole (Boston College) serves as an advisor. Michael has also begun a three-­year term as co-­chair of a new unit in the American Academy of Religion, “Innovation in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care.” Most importantly, he and his wife, Caroline, welcomed their third child, Jane, in December.


David W. Stowe (Michigan State University) published “Religion and Race in American Music” in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History, co-edited by Paul Harvey and Kathryn Gin Lum (Oxford University Press, 2018).




Cushwa in Rome


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On December 10, 2018, Cushwa Center senior fellow Luca Codignola hosted a symposium at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway on Cristina Rossi’s recently published book on Vatican-U.S. relations, Santa Sede e Stati Uniti (1932–1939) (Aracne, 2017). A roundtable discussion featured Kathleen Sprows Cummings (University of Notre Dame), Michael D. Driessen (John Cabot University), Johan Ickx (Segreteria di Stato, Archivio Storico della Sezione per i Rapporti con gli Stati, Vatican City), Matteo Sanfilippo (Università della Tuscia), Roberto Regoli (Pontificia Università Gregoriana), Cristina Rossi (Università Europea di Roma), and Massimiliano Valente (Università Europea di Roma).


Colleagues and friends of the Cushwa Center gathered at the Gateway again on January 18, 2019, to discuss Clare Lois Carroll’s recently published book, Exiles in a Global City: The Irish and Early Modern Rome, 1609–1783 (Brill, 2017). Carroll is professor of comparative literature at Queens College, CUNY. Matteo Binasco (Università per Stranieri di Siena) moderated the panel, which included commentators Brian Mac Cuarta, S.J., (Archivium Romanum Societas Iesu, Rome) and Kevin Whelan (Notre Dame Dublin Global Gateway).


In October, Palgrave Macmillan published Rome and Irish Catholicism in the Atlantic World, 1622–1908, edited by Matteo Binasco. The volume originated from a Cushwa Center seminar held in April 2015, Roman Sources for Global Irish Catholicism. Contributors include Clare Lois Carroll, Liam Chambers, Luca Codignola, Cristina Bravo Lozano, Father Mícheál Mac Craith, Terrence Murphy, Florry O’Driscoll, Matteo Sanfilippo, and Igor Pérez Tostado. See our excerpt of the publisher’s book description.


These announcements appear in the spring 2019 issue of the American Catholic Studies Newsletter