The 89th conference and annual general meeting of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association will be held virtually May 26th and 27th 2022.

Keynote Speaker

Thursday, May 26 at 11:30am to 12:30pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, “Say not America’s saints are all foreign”: Catholics and Canonization in North America, 1884-1930″

Kathleen Sprows Cummings is Professor, Department of American Studies and History, Director, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. She is the Rev. John A. O’Brien Collegiate Professor, University of Notre Dame and author of A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).


Registration is now closed. To attend day 2 please email Valerie Burke or Laura Smith.

Conference Schedule

***All times are in Eastern Daylight Saving Time***

Thursday May 26th
Time (EDST) Title Panelists
11:20am Rankin Sherling CCHA President and Rob Dennis, CCHA Secretary General
Keynote “Say not America’s saints are all foreign”: Catholics and Canonization in North America, 1884-1930”
11:30-12:30pm Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame
Panel 1 Religion and Authority
1 pm to 2pm “Decolonizing Mandatory Clerical Celibacy, One Thomas Christian at a Time” Clara Joseph, University of Calgary
“The Project of Hegemony” The Canadian Church Engages with the Liberal State, 1840s-1930s” Rob Dennis, University of PEI
“The Furtherance of Indigenous Arts and Crafts in Progressive Era Catholic Schools, 1936-1952” Katie Gemmel, University of Victoria
Panel 2 Catholic Archives
2:30 pm to 4pm “Opportunities for Research in Religious Archives” Linda Wicks, Sisters of St. Joseph Toronto
“A New Era for Catholic Diocesan Archives? –Kamloops and After” Carol Hollywood, Diocese of Calgary
“The Diocese of London Church Index” Deb Majer, Diocese of London
Friday May 27th
Annual General Meeting 
11:30am-1pm CCHA Membership
Book talk
1:30pm – 2:30pm Not Quite Us: Anti-Catholic Thought in English Canada since 1900 Kevin Anderson, University of Calgary
Panel 3 Genealogical Methods
3pm -4:30pm “On the Importance of genealogy for History” Paul Armstrong, MIRCS
“Degrees of Consanguinity: The Nova Scotian Scottish Catholic Priest as Genealogist” Peter Ludlow, Acadia University
“Using genealogy to find the Irish Catholic famine generation” Laura J. Smith, University of Toronto