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Mount to Host American Catholic Historical Association Meeting

Mount St. Mary’s University’s rich history will come alive as the university hosts more than 100 historians for the 2018 Spring Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association from April 12-14. The program pays tribute to the Mount’s history among 24 scholarly panels and a plenary address on the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton by Professor Catherine O’Donnell of Arizona State University.

“We are honored and excited to welcome the premier North American society for the study of Catholic history to Emmitsburg,” said Mount St. Mary’s President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “I am certain that this meeting will be a tremendous success due to the planning and preparation led by Professors Charles Strauss and Owen Phelan.”

Three Mount professors, two students, three seminarians and an administrator are among the presenters at the Association’s annual conference.

  • History Professor Steven F. White, "'Amici-Nemici': Catholic-Communist Encounter in Post-Fascist Italy”
  • History Professor Charles T. Strauss, “Catholic University in ‘The American Century’: The Land O’Lakes Statement in Historical Context
  • English Professor Sean Lewis, "The Persistence of Legend in American Catholicism: Ottawanta and the Prophecy of Mount St. Mary’s”
  • Elizabeth Boyle, C’19, “Cats and Catholics: Imagery of Religious Prejudice in Tudor England”
  • Ronnie Marie Georgieff, C’18, "The Grotto, Our Lady: Material Expression of Marian Devotion”
  • Benjamin J. Landrigan, S’21, "The Character of St. Joan of Arc”
  • Reed W. Frey, C.O., S’21, "John Henry Newman and the Foundations for Interpersonal Relationships”
  • Ryan P. Budd, S’21, "Blessed Stanley Rother, Priest and Pastor"
  • Interim Library Director Jessica Whitmore, "Faith in Art: The John La Farge Collection at Mount St. Mary’s University”

Whitmore is also preparing an archival exhibit and will lead a guided tour of campus, including the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Other excursions will include a visit to the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and a guided tour of Adams County, Pennsylvania, including stops at the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Archbishop William E. Lori will celebrate mass at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on April 14. On the same day, Fr. Michael J. Roach, instructor of church history at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, will be the luncheon speaker, offering brief remarks on the history of Mount St. Mary’s.

Many of the 24 panels are being chaired by Mount professors, including Joshua Brown, William Collinge, Timothy Fritz, Carol Hinds, Paige Hochschild, Gregory Murry, Michelle Patterson, Owen Phelan, TJ Rainsford, Teresa Rupp, Charles Strauss and Elizabeth Strauss as well as Reed Frey, S'21.

Mount St. Mary’s University President Trainor and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Rector Msgr. Andrew Baker are sponsoring receptions, and the Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louis is sponsoring the plenary session titled “Elizabeth Seton: History and Memory.”