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The 2014 spring meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association will be held at Xavier University in Cincinnati on March 27–29. Proposals for individual and panel presentations concerning any aspects of Catholic history should be submitted by February 10 to the ACHA’s online submission system ( The meetings will be held on the campus of Xavier University; the banquet is scheduled for the downtown National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; and a tour will be given of the antebellum and abolition town of Ripley, Ohio.

The 95th ACHA annual meeting will be held in New York City on January 2–5, 2015. Proposals for papers and panels may be submitted using the association’s Web site beginning February 15.

Cause of Saints

On December 8, 2013, Pope Francis authorized the promulgation of a decree assigning the following status to three Servants of God: Miracles for Giovannina Franchi (1807–72), the Italian foundress of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother of Como; and Martyrs for the Italian Mario Vergara, professed priest of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, and for the Burmese Isidoro Ngei Ko Lat, a layman and catechist killed in Shadaw, Myanmar, in 1950. Ten Servants of God had their virtues declared heroic: four priests (the French Compassionist Maurice Garrigou [1766–1852], the German Augustinian Vinzenz Fuhl [1874–1935], the Hungarian Discalced Carmelite Marcell Boldizsar Marton [1887–1966], and the Italian Trappist Romano Bottegal [1921–78]); three Italian religious sisters (Maria Oliva Bonaldo [1893–1976], Orsola Mezzini [1853–1919], and Orsola Maria Rivata [1897–1987]); the Spanish foundress of the Religious of St. Joseph of Girona, Maria Rosa Teresa Gay Tibau (1813–84); the Canadian foundress of the Institute of the Sisters of Misericorde, Rosalie Cardon-Jette (1794–1864); and the Puerto Rican layman Raffaele Cordero Molina (1790–1868).

Fellowships, Workshop, and Summer Seminar

The Newberry Library in Chicago invites scholars, individually or as a team engaged in one project, who live and work outside the Chicago area to apply for short-term fellowships, usually for a period of one month, to use materials at the library not easily accessible elsewhere. Most stipends are for $2500 per month for each individual, whether working alone or as part of a team. The deadline is January 15, 2014. For more information, visit [End Page 187]

Columbia University in New York City, in conjunction with the École nationale des chartes/École pratique des hautes études, is sponsoring a tuition-free workshop in Middle French paleography for three weeks (June 9–27, 2014). Taught by Professors Pamela H. Smith and Marc H. Smith, the course will include instruction in French Renaissance paleography, Middle French, and the principles of transcription and translation. The students will transcribe a French manual written around 1580 (Bibliothèque nationale de France, fr. 640) that describes processes used in the production of such items as paintings, counterfeit gems, cannon-casting, tree-grafting, land-surveying, taxidermy, papier mâché masks, and other things. Up to fifteen participants may enroll; preference is given to doctoral students, who will receive a stipend to help defray the cost of attending the workshop. Advanced skills in the French language are required. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, the names and addresses of two references, a three-page letter explaining why they wish to participate in the workshop, and transcripts of successfully completed coursework in the French language or other supporting evidence of competence in French. These documents and any inquiries should be sent by February 21, 2014, to Claire Sabel, email: Successful applicants will be notified by the beginning of April.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is funding a five-week seminar (June 23 to July 25, 2014) for college and university faculty members at the American Academy in Rome that will encourage research in the city’s libraries and archives on medieval secular and religious movements for renewal and reform. Directed by Maureen C. Miller (University of California, Berkeley) and William L. North (Carlton College), the seminar will study processes of political and religious transformation through readings (dealing with the ninth-century Carolingian political and...


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