- Notes and Comments
The American Catholic Historical Association’s Election Board has announced the results of the 2015 elections:
Vice-President—Kathleen Sprows Cummings (University of Notre Dame) Members of the Executive Council—Augustine Curley, O.S.B. (Newark Abbey, Newark, NJ) and A. Katie Harris (University of California–Davis)
The ACHA’s prizes also have been announced. Full citations for the prizes may be found on the ACHA Web site http://www.achahistory.org:
The 2015 John Gilmary Shea Prize: Maureen C. Miller (University of California, Berkeley) for Clothing the Clergy: Virtue and Power in Medieval Europe, c. 800–1200 (Cornell University Press)
The 2015 Howard R. Marraro Prize: Nino Zchomelidse (Johns Hopkins University) for Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy (Pennsylvania State University Press)
The 2015 Peter Guilday Prize: Scott Berg (Louisiana State University) for “Seeing Prussia through Austrian Eyes: The Kölner Ereignis and Its Significance for Church and State in Central Europe,” CHR, 101 (2015), 48–73.
Lifetime Distinguished Scholarship Award: Walter Melion (Emory University)
Excellence in Teaching Award: Clyde Crews (Bellarmine University)
Distinguished Service to Catholic Studies Award: the Trappist monks of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery (Conyers, Georgia)
Registration for the annual meeting in Atlanta and its official program are now accessible on the Web site http://www.achahistory.org under the heading “Atlanta 2016.” The price of the presidential luncheon will increase on November 1.
Causes of Saints
On September 30, 2015, Pope Francis authorized the promulgation of decrees regarding the following cases.
• the Servant of God Valentin Palencia Marquina (1871–1937), a Spanish priest who was killed near Suances, was recognized as a martyr of the faith; and
• the heroic virtues of the following other Servants of God were acknowledged, and they are now considered Venerables—Franciszek Blachnicki (1921–87), Polish diocesan priest; Hanna Chrzanowska (1902–73), Polish lay oblate of [End Page 972] the Ursulines of St. Benedict; Giovanni Folci (1890–1963), Italian diocesan priest and founder of the Opera Divina Prigioniero; Maria Benedetta Giuseppa Frey (née Ersilia Penelope Frey, 1836–1913), Italian professed nun of the Cistercian Order; Antoino Filomeno Maria Losito (1838–1917), Italian professed priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer; Juan Manuel Martín del Campo (1917–96), Mexican diocesan priest; and José Rivera Ramirez (1925–91), Spanish diocesan priest.
The Rosenbach Museum and Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia at 2008–10 Delancey Place is displaying until January 31, 2016, the exhibition “Catholics in the New World: A Selection of 16th–18th Century Texts.” Books from both sides of the Atlantic document the evolving relationship of Catholics with the Americas, beginning with the oldest surviving book printed in the Western Hemisphere, the Doctrina Breve (Mexico City, 1544). Other highlights include the oldest book from the Southern Hemisphere, the Doctrina Christiana (Lima, 1584), and various prayer books and catechisms in Aymara, Zapotec, and Montagnais.
The journal of the Texas Catholic Historical Society, Catholic Southwest, with an exhaustive index of authors and articles, is now available online through the Texas Catholic Conference, http://www.txcatholic.org/#!catholic-southwest/c2037
The Newberry Library of Chicago is offering two types of fellowships for 2016–17 for those wishing to use its collections: Long-term fellowships for PhD applicants that provide a stipend of $4200 per month (submission deadline: November 15, 2015); and short-term fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those with terminal degrees for a continuous month of residence with a stipend of $2500 (submission deadline: December 15, 2015). Applicants should demonstrate a specific need to use the collections of the Newberry Library and can visit http://www.newberry.org/fellowships for further information. The library also is offering research methods workshops for early-career graduate students; in the spring term are “Poetry as Theology: New Theoretical Approaches to Dante” led by William Franke (Vanderbilt University) and Vittorio Montemaggi (University of Notre Dame) on February 26, 2016; and “The Turn to Religion: Women and Writing in Early Modern England” led by Jaime Goodrich (Wayne State University) and Paula McQuade (DePaul University) on March 12, 2016. The application...