CCHA Conference at Congress 2014

Brock University May 28-30, 2014



Canadian Catholic Historical Association 81st Annual Meeting

Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, May 28 – May 30, 2014

Local Arrangements: Valerie Burke and MC Havey

Please note:   Tuesday May 27. 2014 at 6 pm
You are invited to join the CCHA for an informal meal at Patrick Sheehan’s in St. Catharines. 101 St. Paul St, St. Catharines,  
(905) 687-7329 We gather informally just prior to our CCHA meetings to catch up with one-another. Come and share a pint with us and enjoy each others company. You don’t even have to be Irish!

Wednesday May 28, 2014 
            Halifax Symposium: Irish Day at the CCHA

All sessions in Room TH259 (Thistle259) Entering at the Tower Building

8:30 am Opening Remarks From CCHA President, Edward MacDonald

8:45 am Irish Catholicism in a North Atlantic World

Chair:    Mark McGowan (University of Toronto)

Introduction to the SSHRC Project

Karly Kehoe (Glasgow Caledonian University) Catholicism and British Identity in the Atlantic World, 1780-1830

Colin Barr (University of Aberdeen) Irish Catholicism in Local and Global Context

Peter Ludlow (Holy Cross Trust) Disturbed by the Irish Howl: Irish and Scottish Catholics in Nova Scotia, 1840-1860

10:15 am Break

10:30 am

Irish Catholics in 19th Century Halifax

Chair: Robert Dennis (Queen’s University)

Terry Murphy (St. Mary’s University) The Irish Catholic Community in Halifax in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Paul Armstrong (Dalhousie University) The Cultural Crystallization of Mid-19th Century Irish Halifax

Dan MacInnes (St. Francis Xavier University)The Employment of a Dynamic 19th Century Port City: Irish Catholics, Protestant Evangelicals, and Protestant Dissenters Face an Anglican Establishment

12:00 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Holy Cross Cemetery, Halifax: Monuments & Methodology

Chair: Peter Ludlow (Holy Cross Trust)

Bruce Elliott (Carleton University) and Sanna Guerin (Carleton University) 
The Creation of Holy Cross Cemetery, Halifax, and Its Irish- Canadian Grave Markers

Julie Lalande (Dalhousie University)
The Idea and Implementation of Big Data in a Historical Setting

Binod Sundararjan (Dalhousie University) Networks of Five Irish Catholic Families in 19th Century Halifax: A Methodological Journey

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm

Halifax’s Irish Catholics, Citizenship, and Empire Chair: Terry Murphy (St. Mary’s University)

Katherine Crooks (St. Mary’s University, Halifax)
The Charitable Irish Society of Halifax

Jay White (Private Scholar, Halifax)
Analyzing social mobility among Irish-Catholic families in Halifax,                            Nova Scotia,  1840-1910

Patrick Mannion (Memorial University, St. Johns Newfoundland)
The Irish Catholics of Halifax and the Empire’s Wars, 1899-1918

4:30 pm     Directions to Liturgy and overview of evening events.

5:00 pm Liturgy Annual Mass for the CCHA Deceased
to be held in the Rita Welch Meditation Room (A302)
(The Rita Welch Meditation Room is located in the McKenzie Chown A building, right beside the Sankey Chambers – right on campus)

Reception and Banquet

Our annual reception and banquet will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton (Hotel) in St. Catharines directly across from Brock University (towards the Tim Horton’s) – a ten minute walk.  

Join us in celebrating the CCHA Members who have been named this years winner of the G.E. Clerk Award (Terence Fay, SJ) for a lifetime of historical contributions and the Paul A.Bator Memorial Award (David Wilcox).for his recent article in Historical Studies.

Come and hear what is surely to be a fun and lively talk by our own Mark McGowan:

      “Not Another Boering Talk! Halifax’s Irish and the South African War.”

In recognition of our Irish Program we will attempt to eat in Irish Céilí style complete with fiddle music and song.  Please plan to sing yours!!

Tickets can be purchased at the banquet ($50.) or by email to:

Thursday May 29, 2014 8:45 am Morning Prayer and Welcome

9:00 am Session 1:

Keynote Speaker – John P. Comiskey, St. Peter’s Seminary and King’s University College at Western University, London, Ontario
“The Very Model of a Modern Major Bishop: The Ministry of Archbishop John Walsh”

Commentary by Peter Meehan, Seneca College

10:30 am Break

10:45 am Session 2:

Canadian Missions to Latin America and Asia

Chair: Terence Fay, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

Rosa Bruno-Jofre and Jon Igelmo Zaldivar, Queen’s University, Kingston and Universidad de Deusto (Spain), A Response to the Call from John XXIII to send Missionaries to Latin America: The Formation of Missionaries in Cuernavaca and Petropolis and the Thinking of Ivan Illich

Elizabeth McGahan, University of New Brunswick, Saint John Campus, “In Peru We Learned about our Humanity”: The Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception of St. John New Brunswick and the Peru Missions

David Webster, Bishop’s University,Lennoxville, Quebec “Post-Missionary Ecumenical Connections Between Canada and Asia”

12:15 pm Lunch Break

1:30 pm Session 3: Mind, Body, Spirit: Approaches to Education

Chair: Robert Berard, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax

Katie Gemmell, University of British Columbia, Progressivist Catholics? Education Philosophy in BC Catholic Schools 1924—1950

Jacqueline Gresko, Private Scholar, Bristish Columbia
“Stenography in the Choir and Drill at the Exhibition”: the Curriculum of Catholic Schools in British Columbia in the 1890s

Ray Kardas, Grande Prairie Regional CollegeAlberta
Popes on Sport: A Canadian Perspective

3:00 pm Break

3:15—4:30 pm Session 4:
Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Catholic Historical

Association President’s Reception (follow directions on your registration ticket)

Friday May 30, 2014

9:00 am Session 5: Catholicism in Quebec and Ontario
Chair: Indre Cuplinskas, St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta

Christine Lei, Wilfrid Laurier University-Brantford, “The Soul of My Sister”: A Personal Narrative of Polio and Catholicism in Late 19th Century and Early Twentieth Century Quebec

Robert McGee, Private Scholar,
Religion, Politics and Fenians: Thomas D’Arcy McGee and John Joseph Lynch

10:15 am Break

10:45 am Session 6: Women Religious in the Twentieth Century

Chair: Edward MacDonald, University of PEI

Elizabeth Smyth, University of Toronto, Education, Women Religious and International Networks, 1900-1960

Heidi MacDonald, University of Lethbridge, Shifting Sand: Sisters of Charity, Halifax, and the New Motherhouse, 1958-2010

Christine Gervais, University of Ottawa, Intentionally on the Edge and Fortunately on the Fringe: Catholic Women Religious’ Resourceful Resistance Against Hierarchical Church Structures

12:15 – 1:30 Concluding Remarks and Lunch


Published on: 20 March 2014
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