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NOTES AND COMMENTS Association News The president of the American Catholic Historical Association, David J. O'Brien, has appointed the first vice-president,James D. Tracy, chairman of the Committee on Program for the eightieth annual meeting, which will be held in Chicago on January 7-9, 2000. Members of the Association who wish to propose papers or (preferably) complete sessions should write by January 1 1 , 1999, to Professor Tracy in care of the Department ofHistory, University of Minnesota , 71 5 Social Sciences Building, 267 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455; telephone: 612-625-6303; fax: 612-624-7096. The American Catholic Historical Association's Spring Meeting The Association held its spring meeting on Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, 1998, on the campus of Marian College in Indianapolis, Indiana. The planning committee was composed of five Ph.D. historians: C. Edward Balog (Illinois ), Sue Bradshaw, O.S.F. (Georgetown), James J. Divita (Chicago), William J. Doherty (Indiana), the Reverend Jack W. Porter (Wisconsin/Madison), and Joseph M. White (Notre Dame). The first four are Marian History Department faculty; Porter is Indianapolis Archdiocesan Historian, andWhite is associate editor of U.S. Catholic Historian. Divita was committee chairman. Almost one hundred attended the meeting, drawn from as far south as Florida, Louisiana, and Texas, as far west as Utah and Kansas, as far north as Wisconsin , and as far east as Massachusetts and Connecticut. Toronto and Louvain were also represented at the meeting. Participants were a good mix of university and college faculty, diocesan archivists, graduate students, free-lance historians , and interested lay people. Presentations were organized into six sessions (three topics concurrently) during the two days in the various rooms of the James A. Allison mansion. European , American, and general topics were presented during each session to appeal to participants' broad interests in Catholic history. Among European topics were "Traditional Medieval Devotion,""Minorities in Early Modern Europe," and "Priests and Pastors in the Third Reich."American topics included "Catholic Religious Ministry during the Civil War," "American Catholics and Immigration— Two Different Views," and "American Anti-Catholicism." Some general topics 784 NOTES and comments785 were "Catholicism since Vatican II," "Catholic Response to War," "Celebrating a Century of Vision: NCEA at 100," and "The Church in the World." Three papers delved into aspects of Catholic Indiana (Weinzaepfel, Protestant-Catholic relations in Indianapolis, Hesburgh). Faculty recommended by panelists, faculty from Marian's History and Theology /Philosophy departments, faculty emeritae, and local historians served as moderators for all topics. Benedictine Brother Howard Studivant transferred guests between motel and campus by bus. Although daily buffet lunch was served in a pleasant room overlooking the spring-fed lakes on campus, the Friday banquet was held off-campus in the Great Lakes Room, Best WesternWaterfront Plaza Hotel in suburban Speedway. Almost seventy attended the banquet, including the President ofMarian College and Mrs. Daniel A. Felicetti and Monsignor Frederick Easton,judicial vicar ofthe Archdiocese. The master of ceremonies, Balog, introduced Christopher Kauffman , Catholic University ofAmerica faculty member and editor of U.S. Catholic Historian, who spoke on the revealing nature of prefaces and introductions in selected books in American Catholic history. The Most Reverend Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B., fifth Archbishop of Indianapolis , was the principal celebrant of the closing Mass in Chartrand Chapel with Porter, Marian College priest-faculty, and ACHA's own Monsignor Robert Trisco. The Mass, attended by about two hundred, also marked the centennial of the transfer of the episcopal see from Vincennes to Indianapolis ordered by Pope Leo XIII. The original apostolic briefwas transported from the Archdiocesan Archives and exhibited during and after Mass. Divita read a translation of the document. Archbishop Buechlein also read a letter of greeting sent him for the occasion by Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson, recently ordained titular bishop ofVincennes. This was the first time the ACHA met in the Hoosier capital. For a few sunny days Indianapolis and Marian College were at the center of the American Catholic historical world. The complimentary letters which participants addressed to the chairman indicated that the event was academically valuable, socially satisfying, and eminently worthwhile. James J. Divita Professor of History Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, and Colloquia...

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1534-0708
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pp. 784-795
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2016-10-05
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