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At the annual Presidential Luncheon on January 3, 2015, the American Catholic Historical Association honored the Distinguished Award recipients for 2015. William Portier (University of Dayton) received the Distinguished Scholar Award; Dennis R. Ryan (College of New Rochelle) received the Distinguished Teaching Award; and the Institute of Jesuit Sources in St. Louis (led by director John Padberg, S.J.), received the Distinguished Service Award.

Decree of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints

On November 10, 2014, Pope Francis authorized the promulgation of a decree attesting to the heroic virtues of the following Servants of God: Francisco Maximiano Valdes Subercaseaux (1908–82), Capuchin and Chilean bishop; Ildebrando Gregori (born Alfredo Antonio, 1894–1985), abbot general of the Sylvestrine Congregation of the Benedictine Order and founder of the Congregation of the Reparatrix Sisters of the Holy Face; Raimondo Calcagno (1888–1964), Italian priest of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri; John Sullivan (1861–1933), Irish Jesuit priest; Pelagio Sauter (1878–1961), German Redemptorist priest; Jeanne Mance (1606–73), French laywoman and foundress of the Hotel-Dieu in Montreal; Marthe Robin (1902–81), French laywoman and foundress of the Association Foyers de Charite; and Silvio Dissegna (1967–79), Italian child from the Diocese of Turin.


Open until mid-January 2015 at the Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York is the exhibition “Friar Francis: Traces, Words, and Images.” Nineteen artifacts from the Sacred Convent of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, are considered the most ancient documents of St. Francis’s life and theological tradition. Among these are Manuscript 338 that contains his “Canticle of the Sun” and Manuscript 328 that includes the interpretation of the Rule of St. Francis and the poverty of Christ by Friar Ubertino da Casale. There are also an early account of the life of St. Francis commissioned around the time of his canonization in 1228 and a later recounting written by Friar Thomas of Celano in the 1240s. In preparation for the exhibition, the manuscript underwent extensive restorations at the Praglia Abbey near Padua. Conservators repaired missing fragments of spines and borders, closed fissures in parchment using Japanese vegetable fiber or bovine membranes, and consolidated the ink and colorful paintings through the use of a starch gel. [End Page 189]

Until March 15, 2015, the exhibition “‘Open the Gates of Paradise’: The Benedictines in the Heart of Europe, 800–1300” is open at the National Gallery in Prague. About 250 items from the Czech Republic and six other countries document the spiritual and material culture of central Europe from the time of Charlemagne to the high gothic period. Among the items on display are the oldest surviving copy of the Rule of St. Benedict from the library of Sankt Gallen Monastery in Switzerland, an antependium from the Rupertsberg Monastery in the Rhineland, a gilded processional cross, liturgical vessels, illuminated manuscripts, stone and wooden statues, coins, writing instruments, vessels, and garments.

On view until April 12, 2015, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., is the exhibition “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea.” More than sixty depictions of Mary by famous Renaissance and baroque artists celebrate Mary as daughter, cousin, wife, mother, bereaved parent, mediator between heaven and earth, and active participant in the lives of those who revere her.

Research Tools

After fourteen years of preparation, the Collected Works of Edith Stein has been published by Herder Verlag of Freiburg-im-Breisgau. This twenty-six volume edition contains about 24,000 manuscript pages or fragments of pages of the writings of this Carmelite saint, treating philosophy, pedagogy, women’s questions, psychology, spirituality, mysticism, liturgy, prayer, Christian-Jewish relations, and Carmelitana.

The papers of Emmet Larkin have been donated by his widow, Dianne, to the John J. Burns Library of Special Collections at Boston College. His papers contain correspondence with leading scholars in Irish studies; include notes and copies of documents from archives in Ireland, London, and Rome; and feature drafts and copies of his books and other publications.

Conferences and Meetings

On April 28, 2015, the Kirchengeschichtlicher Verein für das Erzbistum Freiburg will continue its...


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