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The Canadian Catholic Historical Association
St. Michael's College, 81 St. Mary Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1J4
Phone: (905) 893-9754

A National Society For the Promotion of Interest in
the History of the Canadian Catholic Church
Founded 3 June 1933

Academic Year 2011


 This prize is awarded annually by the Canadian Catholic Historical Association in honour of its founder, James F.  Kenney (1884-1946), for the best essay on any aspect of the history of Catholicism in Canada written in a course by an undergraduate student in any university.

 Conditions:  Entries must be undergraduate essays between 2500 and 5000 words in length on any aspect of Catholicism in Canada.  The author must be a part-time or a full-time undergraduate student in a degree program at an accredited university or college in Canada.  The essay must have been written to meet the requirement of an undergraduate credit course during the current academic year.

 Submissions:  Entries shall be submitted by course instructors no later than 30 April 2011.  No instructor shall submit more than two entries.  Essays must be typed neatly and should not indicate the instructor’s comments or grade.  Essays may also be submitted electronically.  Entries should be sent to the President, Canadian Catholic Historical Association

Dr. Jacqueline Gresko

5931 Sandpiper Court,

Richmond, B.C. V7E 3P8

or jgresko@telus.net

 Adjudication:  Entries will be judged by a panel determined by the CCHA.  The winner will be announced in the autumn of 2011.  There will be no runners-up or honorary mentions.  The CCHA reserves the right not to award a prize in a given year should applications not be of sufficient quality.

Prize: $500

 G. E. Clerk Award 

2010 Recipient of the G. E. Clerk Award
 Dr. Elizabeth Smyth, University of Toronto presented by Dr. Heidi MacDonald

     George Edward Clerk (1815-1875) was a prominent Montreal Catholic and editor of that City’s True Witness and Catholic Chronicle. A Scottish Canadian who had a bright and inquisitive mind, Clerk accepted Bishop Bourget’s challenge to launch an English-speaking Catholic newspaper which would deal with the anti-Catholic aspersions of the Montreal Witness. Clerk’s warm heart and sharp mind gained his newspaper much respect. His service of the written word lives on as the Canadian Catholic Historical Association presents the George Edward Clerk Award to outstanding Canadian historians for their contributions to Catholic history.

      The Canadian Catholic Historical Association commissioned William McElcheran in 1973 to design a mold to cast the original ten commemorative medallions in memory of G. E. Clerk. Some of McElcheran’s life-size sculptures stand on the campus of St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. A second series of medallions were cast in 2001 through the courtesy of the Kinsman Robinson Galleries of Yorkville.  The CCHA awards medallions to scholars who have distinguished themselves in Catholic studies, publishing, teaching, archival work, or administration. The past recipients of the award include:

M. Conrad Charlebois KSG (1973)
Donald J. McDougall PhD (1974)
Robert Scollard CSB (1975)
John S. Moir PhD (1991)
Richard A. Lebrun PhD (1993)
Raymond Huel PhD (1995)
Terrence Murphy PhD (1997)
Marianna O’Gallagher MA (1999)
Edward J. R. Jackman OP, PhD (2000)
M. Frieda Watson CSJ (2002)
Margaret Sanche MA (2005)
Patricia Roy PhD (2008)

The Clerk Medallion is presented to a member of the CCHA who qualify for the award under one of the following categories:

¨      Excellence in writing or researching the history of Catholics and the Catholic Church

¨      Service to the administration of the CCHA/SCHEC: planning conferences, special events, and editing manuscripts.

¨      Excellence in the field of Catholic archives or teaching Catholic history.


Prepared by Valerie Burke - Administration, Membership
E-mail: valerieburke@rogers.com