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The president of the American Catholic Historical Association, Patrick W Carey, has appointed Margaret Susan Thompson of Syracuse University to the Committee on the John Gilmary Shea Prize for a three-year term. The committee for 2001, therefore, consists of Thomas Kselman of the University of Notre Dame (chairman), Robert C. Figueira of Lander University, and Professor Thompson.

Professor Carey has also appointed Ralph Keen of the University of Iowa to the Committee on the John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award for a three-year term. The committee for 2001, therefore, consists of James Muldoon of the John Carter Brown Library (chairman), James T. Fisher of Saint Louis University, and Professor Keen.

Report on the joint Spring Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association and the Canadian Catholic Historical Association

Saint Michael's College and Victoria College, University of Toronto, sponsored the joint meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association and the Canadian Catholic Historical Association on April 6, and 7,2001. This was the first formal joint meeting of the two associations. The organizing and program committee consisted of William J. Callahan and Joseph Goering, representing the ACHA, and Terence J. Fay and Mark McGowan, representing the CCHA. Approximately one hundred participated in the meeting. Americans and Canadians were equally represented among the participants. A reception was given by Saint Michael's College at which welcoming remarks were made by President Richard Alway of Saint Michael's College, President Roseann Runte of Victoria College, and Monsignor Samuel J. Bianco, Rector of Saint Michael's Cathedral, on behalf of Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto, who was in Rome. The president of the CCHA, Vicki Bennett, and the president of the ACHA, Patrick Carey, welcomed the members of both associations attending the dinner. Each expressed the hope that the two associations would meet again in the future.

Forty-seven papers were given at seventeen sessions. Three sessions were devoted to Canadian topics. David Higgs served as chair for "Missionary Activity in French North America" with papers by Gregory S. Beirich, "A Lost Presence: The Franciscans in French North America"; Madeleine Grace, "French Jesuit Martyrs of North America: Jean de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues"; and Blandine CheliniPont, "Mgr. de Mazenod et les debuts des Missionnaires Oblats en Amerique du Nord." The session on "The Church in Quebec after the Second World War" was chaired by Roberto Perin with papers by Lucia Ferretti, "Trois Rivieres's Orphanages, 1930-1960: Institutions Facing Major Changes"; Michael Gauvreau, "`The Presence of Heroism in Our Lives': Youth Catholicism and the Cultural Origins of the Quiet Revolution, 1931-1958"; and Denyse Baillargeon, "`L'Ecole des Parents': The Development of a Catholic Lay Perspective on Family Ideologies and Child-Rearing." Elizabeth Smyth chaired the session "Aspects of North American Catholicism" with papers by Fred McAvoy, "The Canadian Government's Establishment of Diplomatic Relations with the Vatican;' and Sheila Andrew, "The Contribution of Convent Education to the Development of Canadian New Brunswick."

Four sessions were devoted to Catholicism in the United States and Canada. Brian Hogan served as chair for "Social Justice" with papers by Elizabeth Rapley, "Feeding the Hungry: Caring for the Poor in an Affluent Society"; Francis J. Sicius, "Peter Maurin's Canadian Years: Social History as Biography"; and Anne M. Klejment, "Women as Insiders and Outsiders in the Church: Dorothy Day and Sister Thea Bowman." Lorna Bowman served as chair for "Current Scholarship in the Historiography of Women Religious" with papers by Veronica O'Reilly, "Writing a Congregational History from the Perspective of the Insider-Expert"; Patricia Byrne, "Writing a Congregational History from the Perspective of the Outsider-Expert"; and Elizabeth Smyth, "Researching Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Professional Education Across Congregations. …