Program for CCHA Annual General Meeting and One Day Conference – June 3, 2021

May 14, 2021: There is no cost to join our Annual General Meeting on June 3, but you are asked to register to confirm your intention to attend and to receive the Zoom link to join the day’s session. An email with a registration link has been circulated to members. You can also register here.

Program for the 88th Canadian Catholic Historical Association Conference

and Annual General Meeting 

June 3, 2021

NOTE: Except for the opening remarks and the first talk after lunch, all times are estimates. If a panel finishes early, we will move to the next panel if possible. Please plan to sign into zoom at least 10-15 minutes before your panel is expected to begin.

Contact Laura Smith at or (416) 720-2592 if you have any trouble connecting to the Zoom link.

9:00 AM EST

Welcome and Opening Remarks: CCHA President, Rankin Sherling

Opening Prayer: CCHA Secretary-General, Fr. E. Jackman

9:10 AM EST

Mark McGowan, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

“Pilgrims in the Snow: Preparing a New Narrative History of Catholics in Canada”

10:00 am EST

Panel 1

Rosa Bruno-Jofre, Queen’s University

“Veronica Dunne, RNDM: A biography in the first person placed at the intersection of macro and micro-history and embedding multiple temporalities”

Kimberly Main, University of Toronto

“Ursuline Novitiate-Leavers in 17th and 18th Century Quebec”

Panel 1 Cont’d

Melissa Davidson, McGill University

“With the Intention of Peace: Devotion to the Sacred Heart in Wartime Quebec, 1914-1918”

11:15 am EST

Panel 2

Robert Dennis, University of Prince Edward Island

“Closed Doors and New Beginnings: Saint Dunstan’s University, 1969 to Today”

Dan Macleod, Jesuit Centre for Catholic Studies, University of Manitoba

An informal discussion on the University of Manitoba’s Jesuit Centre for Catholic Studies, Canada’s largest Catholic Studies program.

Veronica Steinburg, Archivist, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul

An informal discussion on the state of Catholic archives and an update on the restoration of the Church of the Good Thief in Kingston, ON.

12:30 pm EST


1:30 pm EST

Panel 3

Colin Barr, University of Aberdeen

“Hiberno-Roman or Ontario Irish? Difference in Canadian-Irish Catholicism” 

Michel Dahan, University of Montreal

“Miles after miles of graves, and not one word or sign of the gloominess of     death”: The Roman Catacombs in Canadian Culture (1820-1939)

David Webster, Bishops University

Christians Confront Colonialism: the Canada Asia Working Group and the Liberation of East Timor from Indonesian Colonial Rule, 1977-99”

2:30 pm EST

Panel 4

Peter Ludlow, Acadia University

“A Tale of Two Premiers: Catholic Politicians in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia”

Laura Smith

“Irish Catholic workers and the Roman Catholic Church on the Rideau Canal, 1831”

Rankin Sherling, Marion Military Institute: the Military College of Alabama,

“Separated Christians, Separated Gaels: Religion and the Gaelic Language in Ireland, Scotland, and Atlantic Canada”


Published on: 27 May 2021
Posted by: ccha