Immaculata University Celebrates Bicentennial of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Presentations, Exhibits and Guest Speaker

On Friday, April 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Immaculata University will host a conference entitled "Chronicle of Faith: A Conference Celebrating a 200 Year Legacy." This event is part of a year-long celebration commemorating the bicentennial of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Scholarly presentations and exhibits from diocesan groups addressing Church history and significant contributions of the Church will be featured at the conference. Christopher Kauffman, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker.
Dr. Kauffman holds the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Chair in American Catholic History at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Since 1982, he has served as editor for the U.S. Catholic Historian. As an expert on Catholic history, he has authored seven books and served as editor of two multi-volume studies in American Catholic history. Currently he is writing a history of Catholic Relief Services. Beginning the presentations, Dr. Kauffman will deliver "James A. Flaherty of Philadelphia, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (1909-1927): Patriotism and the Response to anti-Catholicism.
In addition to Dr. Kauffman´s presentation, eighteen other scholars will be presenting their research on various subjects relating to the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (see information below). Of the eighteen, four presenters are faculty at Immaculata University; Sister Marie Hubert Kealy, IHM, Ph.D., William Watson, Ph.D., John Ahtes, and Eugene Halus, Jr., Ph.D.
"This is the first time since 1976 that any serious scholarly attention has been given to the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Immaculata University is honored to be a part of it," commented Dr. Gene Halus on the Chronicle of Faith event.
Registration for the day-long event are $50 for adults and $30 for students. Cost includes admission to all conferences, exhibits, and the luncheon. For more information and to register for the conference, visit
or call 610-647-4400, ext. 3161.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of route 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

Chronicle of Faith Presenters:

Sister Theresa Ahern, MSBT, M.A Archivist, Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity "The Charism of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, 1931-2008."

Thomas F. Rzeznik, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of History, Department of History, Seton Hall University "Church Closings, Pastoral Planning and Parish Viability: Lessons from 1993."

Francis Ryan, Ed.D. Professor and Director of American Studies, LaSalle University "Frances Bradshaw´s 1918 Ethnographic Study of the Philadelphia Polish Catholic Schools: A Ninety-Year Retrospective."

Father Daniel Joyce, S.J., M.Div Assistant to the President for Mission and Adjunct Professor of Theology, St. Joseph´s University "The Development of Parish-based Urban Missiology for Ministry in the United States: The Contributions of Four Jesuits in Philadelphia, 1733-1892."

Dr. Richard Juliani Professor of Sociology, Villanova University, "The Parish as an Urban Institution: Revisiting Parish, Priest and People: Saving the Faith in Philadelphia´s "Little Italy."

Sister Ann Harrington, B.V.M., Ph.D. Professor of History, Loyola University of Chicago, "Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: The Philadelphia Connection."

Sister Marie Hubert Kealy, I.H.M., Ph.D. Professor of English, Immaculata University "Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – Immigrant Church to University."

Patrick Hayes, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, St. John´s University "Miracle Narratives in the See of Brotherly Love."

Katie Oxx, Ph.D. Visiting Professor of Theology, St. Joseph´s University "The Spiritual Construction of Religious Identity: St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church and Italian-American Catholicism."

Nicholas Rudemacher, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Cabrini College "Living Saints: Mother Teresa and Dorothy Day at the 41st International Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia, PA."

Jennifer Schaaf, Ph.D. – Lecturer in History, Penn State Abington "Francis Patrick Kendrick and the Intensification of Clerical Authority in Antebellum Philadelphia."

Father Francis Berna, O.F.M., Ph.D. Director of Graduate Theology and Ministry, LaSalle University "A Church in Contrast: The Graduate Program at LaSalle University."

Vincent Marchionni Department of History, Saint Joseph´s University "Sodalities and Ultramontane Catholicism in Philadelphia: Old Saint Joseph´s as a Case Study."

William Watson, Ph.D. – Professor of History, Immaculata University "The Sisters of Charity, the 1832 Cholera Epidemic in Philadelphia and Duffy´s Cut."

Mr. John Ahtes, M.A. – Lecturer in History, Immaculata University "Archbishop Prendergast and the Beilis Prayer Protest: A Chapter in Catholic-Jewish Relations in early 20th Century Philadelphia."

Eugene J. Halus, Jr., Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Politics, Immaculata University "Dennis Clark, Pluralism and Urban America, 1960-1980" and "The Saint Gabriel´s System, La Salle College High School and the de La Salle Christian Brothers: A Study in Contrasting Similarities."

Mr. Colin Varga, B.A. Assistant Archivist, Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center "The Susquehannocks: Catholics in 17th Century Pennsylvania."

Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D. and Margaret Reher, Ph,D. Chair and Professor of Religious Studies, LaSalle University and Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, Cabrini College
"Closing Dialogue"

y:word: release: Chronicle of Faith Event #77 (2.6.2008)


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