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Association News

The American Catholic Historical Association’s Junior Faculty Research Grants were awarded to Sean Brennan (University of Scranton) and Andrea Di Stefano (University of New Hampshire). The Graduate Student Research Grants were given to Peter Cajka (Boston College), Sean Phillips (University of Notre Dame), and Carolyn Twomey (Boston College).

Causes of Saints

On April 16, Pope Francis authorized the promulgation of decrees concerning miracles in the causes of Blessed Ludocico da Casoria (born Arcangelo Palmentieri, 1814–85), an Italian professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor and founder of the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of St. Elizabeth, and of Blessed Amato Ronconi (1226–92), an Italian lay member of the third order of the Franciscans and founder of the Hospital-Hospice of St. Mary of Mount Orciale for Poor Pilgrims of Saludecio (near Rimini). Decrees regarding heroic virtues were issued on behalf of the Servants of God Alain-Marie Guynot de Boismenu (1870–1953), a French priest of the Congregation of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and apostolic vicar of Papua, New Guinea; and Wilhelm Janauschek (1859–1926), an Austrian professed priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.

Bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus

To commemorate the universal restoration of the Society of Jesus by Pope Pius VII on August 7, 1814, by the bull Sollicitudo omnium ecclesiarum, after a precarious survival in the Russian Empire, the Jesuit order is seeking, among other things, to reflect on its history of apostolic ministry. In keeping with this end, the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies of Boston College will sponsor the First International Symposium on Jesuit Studies that will investigate “Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness” at Boston College on June 10–14, 2015. Papers will focus on what was meant by the Jesuit “way of proceeding” as it operated in various historical, geographical, social, and cultural contexts. Proposal for papers and panels (maximum of 250 words) should be sent to Robert A. Maryks at the institute, email:

Research Tool

The Documentation and Research Center for Religion, Culture, and Society at the Catholic University of Leuven has issued an annual International Newsletter since 2007 containing articles and news items. The 2013 newsletter can be accessed [End Page 646] through the KADOC Web site. The email address is

Istituto Sangalli per la storia e le culture religiose

Located in the center of historic Florence in the former Palazzo Sacchetti opposite the Palazzo Gondi at Piazza di San Firenze 3, I-50122 Florence, Italy, the institute has just opened with an endowment from the Sangalli family to host seminars, meetings, and congresses, and to provide an apartment for rent. It has an agreement with the bed and breakfast on the lower floors of the building to host other guests. The institute also seeks to provide financial support to young scholars doing research in the libraries and archives of the city and to those needing assistance for their publications. For further information, please contact

Workshops at the Folger Institute of Washington, DC

A faculty weekend seminar in the fall semester on “Narratives of Conversion in Reformation Europe, ca. 1550–1700,” will be co-directed by Simon Ditchfield (Reader in History, University of York) and Helen Smith (Reader in Renaissance Literature, University of York). The seminar will investigate the narrative sources and the source narratives of conversions produced in Europe and its colonies in an age that witnessed not only the Protestant and Catholic Reformations (as well as the so-called voyages of “discovery”) but also the apogee of Ottoman power in Europe and the Mediterranean. Twelve to sixteen faculty participants will collaboratively consider the place and effect of narrative structures in religious change and the diversity of narratives (from court records to letters, and from painting to poetry) that articulate conversion as concept and practice.

In the spring semester 2015, Brad Gregory (University of Notre Dame) will offer a multidisciplinary seminar for advanced graduate students and faculty members on “Afterlife of the Reformation: Embodied Souls and...


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