- Notes and Comments
The 2017 elections have resulted in Kathleen Holscher of the University of New Mexico becoming the Vice-President for 2018 and President in 2019; Jeffrey Burns of the University of San Diego and Marian Barber of the Catholic Archives of Texas becoming Executive Council member for 2017–20; Carolyn Twomey of Boston College as Graduate Student Representative for 2017–19; and Stephanie Jacobe of the Archives of the Archdiocese of Washington as chair of the Election Board.
The 2018 ACHA Annual Meeting will be held on January 4 to 6 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Registration closes on December 15, 2017. For more information on this meeting, please visit the ACHA website, www.achahistory.org. The 2018 Spring Meeting will be held at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on April 12 to 15.
Causes of Saints
On September 23, 2017 Father Stanley Francis Rother of the Glenmary Home Missioners, born in Okarche, OK on March 27, 1935 and killed in Guatemala on July 28, 1981, was beatified in a ceremony in Oklahoma City, the first American to receive the designation of martyr.
On October 9, 2017 Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for Saints' causes to promulgate the following decrees: acknowledgement of the martyrdoms of the Servants of God Tullio (baptized Marcello) Maruzzo (1929–81), a professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor and Luis Obdulio Arroyo Navarro (1950–81) of the Third Order of St. Francis, both killed in hatred of the Faith on July 1, 1981 near Los Amates, Guatemala; recognition of the heroic virtues of the Servants of God: Donizetti Tavares de Lima (1882–1961), a Brazilian diocesan priest; Serafin (baptized Alojzy Kazimierz) Kaszuba (1910–77), a Ukrainian professed Capuchin priest; Magin Morera y Feixas (1908–81), a Spainish professed priest of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph; Maria Lorenza Requenses de Longo (1463–1539), Spanish foundress of the Hospital of the Incurables in Naples and of the Capuchin Nuns; Françoise du Saint Esprit (born Caroline Baron, 1820–82), French foundress of the Third Order of Saint Francis of Montpellier; Elžbieta Róža Czacka (1876–1961), Ukrainian foundress of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sister Servants of the Cross; and Prince Francesco Paolo Gravina (1800–54), Italian lay founder of the of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent. [End Page 823]
On October 15, 2017, at a Mass in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis canonized as saints thirty-five persons listed earlier (CHR, 103, no.2 , 379).
On November 18, 2017, in a ceremony in Detroit, MI, the Wisconsin-born Capuchin friar Venerable Solanus (baptized Bernard Francis) Casey (1870-1957) was beatified.
From September 14 to December 27, 2017, the Newberry Library in Chicago is presenting an exhibition on the theme "Religious Change, 1450-1700." Using 150 items from the Library's collection of Bibles, tracts, poems, maps, music, and works of art, the exhibition explores religious change through the eyes of those who experienced it in Europe and the Americas: preachers and teachers, travelers and traders, writers and printers.
On November 22–24, 2017 the Accademia Ambrosiana of Milan sponsored the Dies Academicus 2017 in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana with a conference on the theme "Schiavitù del corpo e schiavitù dell'anima. Chiesa, potere politico, e schiavitù tra Atlantico e Mediterraneo (sec. XVI–XVIII)." The inaugural address by Tamar Herzog was on "Schiavitù: una prospettiva globale." Session I: "Il mondo atlantico: schiavitù e affrancamento" contained four papers: "La trattattistica teologicogiuridica nei contesi coloniali" by Carlos Zeron; "Schiavitù e impero: un dibattito globale nel mondo portoghese del Cinquecento" by Giuseppe Marcocci; "The Debate on Natural Slavery and Legal Slavery in Iberian Theologian-jurists of the Modern Age" by Pedro Calafate; and "Riflessioni dei canonisti post-tridentini sulla schiavitù" by Isabelle Poutrin. Session II: "Il mondo Mediterraneo: schiavitù, conversioni, pratiche religiose" had five papers: "Schiavitù mediterranea e vita religiosa" by Salvatore Bono; "Benedetto il Moro dalla Sicilia al Nuovo Mondo" by Giovanna Fiume; "Corpi e anime in schiavitù: schiavi musulmani nella Malta dei Cavalieri di San...