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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

University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University,
Fredericton, N.B., May 31 - June 1, 2011

Note: Please refer to the bottom of this page for other sessions that may be of interest to our members during their participation at Congress.

Canadian Catholic Historical Association

78th Annual Meeting


All Sessions are in George Martin Hall, Room 301,

St. Thomas University 

Tuesday May 31, 2011 

9:00 a.m.  Official Welcome, Prayer and Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. -- 10:30 a.m.  Session #1   The Reception of Vatican II

Moderator: Terence J. Fay, S.J., University of St. Michael’s College

Elizabeth Smyth, University of Toronto and Patricia Kmiec, OISE, University of Toronto,

“Experiencing Vatican II: Reflections of Canadian Women Religious on Identity and Change”

Catherine Foisy, Concordia University,

“Lessons from Asia, Africa and Latin America: Assessing the Reception of Vatican II in Quebec from a Missionary Perspective”

10:30 a.m. --11:00 a.m.  Nutrition Break

11:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.  Session #2   Commemorating Religious Women

Moderator:  Elizabeth McGahan, University of New Brunswick, Saint John Campus

Patti Bannister, Congregational Archivist, Sisters of Charity, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Congregational Archives,

 “Achieving a National Heritage Designation: the Sisters of Charity, Halifax”

Dianne Dodd, Historian, Parks Canada,

“A Rich Built Heritage Legacy: Women’s Religious Communities in Canada”

Brigitte Violette, Historian, Parks Canada, Quebec Services,

“The Female Religious Orders and Healthcare in Quebec: Keys for Analyzing Hospital and Nursing History”

12:30 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.   Lunch

2:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.  Session # 3   African Canadian Catholics

Moderator: Edward Jackman, O.P., Secretary-General Canadian Catholic Historical Association

Marie-Claire Arsenau, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Africadian and Acadian Catholics of Southville, Nova Scotia”

Iheanyi Enwerem O.P., St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan,

“The Canadian Catholic Church and CanadianCatholics of African Descent: 1900 – 2000s.”

Joseph Nnadi, University of Winnipeg,

“Then and Now: the Emerging Representation of Blacks in the Catholic Church of Western Canada”

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.           Eucharist  

Location: The Chapel, George Martin Hall, Room 206.

5:30 p.m.  Reception

Location: Forest Hills Conference Centre – Pine Room.

6:30 p.m.  Annual Dinner – Forest Hills Conference Centre.

Wednesday June 1, 2011

9:00 a.m. –10:15 a.m.  Session #4   The Antigonish Movement and Its Legacy

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

Kathleen MacKenzie, St. Francis Xavier University,

“The Development of Masters of Their Own Destiny: The Coady Story At Home and Abroad”

Peter Ludlow, Queen’s University Belfast,

 “Saints and Sinners: Popular Myth and the Study of the Personalities of the Antigonish Movement”

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Break

10:45 a.m.—12:00 p.m.   Session # 5  The Social Economy -- Reaching Out

Moderator:  Heidi MacDonald, University of Lethbridge

Bob McKeon, St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta and Deb Schrader, University of Alberta,

 “Canadian Faith Based Organizations Engaged in the Social Economy: the Example of Catholic Religious Orders and Mennonites”

Sarah Jardine, St. Paul University, Ottawa,

“Coast to Coast with the Catholic Women’s League of Canada in the 1920s”

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.   Session #6 Tour to St. Anthony’s Church, the only wooden Gothic-Style Catholic church remaining in Fredericton.

2:30 – 3:00   Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.   CCHA Annual General Meeting

Thank you very much to our Program Committee: 

Jacqueline Gresko, Peter Meehan, Edward MacDonald and Local Representative, Elizabeth McGahan


Other sessions that may be of interest to you during your visit:

The following sessions in the CSCH program at Brian Mulroney Hall, St. Thomas University may be of interest to CCHA members, especially those arriving in Fredericton in advance of the CCHA conference.

Session 4, 2:15 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 29th, which includes a paper by Mark McGowan, “Canadian Catholics and Competing Visions of Canada”; the other two presenters (Mark Noll of Notre Dame and Marguerite Van Die of Queen's) also likely will include aspects on Catholicism in Canada

Session 6, 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. on Monday, May 30th, which includes a paper by Joel Kropf, Carleton University, “The Practicality of the Common Good: Catholic Moral Reasoning, the Postwar Instrumentalist Mentality, and the Canadian Death-Penalty Debate”

Session 9, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 30th, session on "The Antigonish Movement and its Legacy," with papers by John Young and Stephen Dutcher.


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