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Catholic Family History Society Lecture

On Saturday 30 January 2021, our friends at the Catholic Family History Society will host an online lecture at 2pm: "Catholic Recusant Women in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England", by Tim Guile.

The aim of this talk is to highlight the role of Catholic women in the sixteenth century in a time of social turmoil. At a time of religious persecution, women were the glue which held Catholic families together as well as the wider Catholic community both at home and in exile. It examines the contribution of saints such as Margaret Clitherow and other women from different levels of society including some well known recusant families. The role of Catholic recusant women is sometimes underestimated and not acknowledged by historians.

 

Anyone wishing to attend is invited to email cfhsrecords@gmail.com.

 

British Catholic History Best Article Prize 2020

Daithí Ó Corráin's article, ‘The pope’s man in London: Anglo-Vatican relations, the nuncio question and Irish concerns, 1938-82’, was described by the judges as ‘a well-written, well-presented account of the evolution of the post of papal nuncio from that of apostolic delegate during the years 1938-1982. It is an original piece of research which demonstrates excellent use and interpretation of primary sources and of relevant secondary sources. It is a detailed, forensic study, which the contributor narrates with pace and vigour. It is a fascinating and accessible account of the events which led up to the establishment of the post of nuncio. This piece, bringing together an impressive body of data from primary sources, nicely lays out a politically and ecclesiastically complex situation in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and also deals with the larger European context. It is an excellent, original piece of scholarship which makes a valuable contribution to the field.’ Many congratulations to Daithí, who will receive a prize of £500.

 

For further details, and to read the article, click here.

 

Skinner's Anstruther's Howard

Fr Gerard Skinner's new edition of Geoffrey Anstruther's Life of Philip Howard has been published by Gracewing.

Brought up as an Anglican, Philip Howard left England in 1642 for the Continent
where he came under Catholic influences, and at the age of 15, and despite the
fierce opposition of his family, the young Philip determined to join the Dominican Order, which he did, going on to set in motion the revival of its English province.
The restoration of the Stuart monarchy in 1660 had rekindled the hopes of English Catholics, and Howard returned to England to take up a career at court that was to flourish until 1675 when he was he raised to the Sacred College, the first Englishman
to be appointed a cardinal since the death of William Allen in 1594. Although based
in Rome, as Cardinal Protector of England, Howard was seen by the Holy See as the leading authority on all aspects of the life of the Catholic Church in England.

www.gracewing.co.uk

Anne Barbeau Gardiner 1938-2020

It was with sadness that the Society received news from the United States of the death of Professor Anne Barbeau Gardiner on 19 October. Anne will be remembered by members of a certain vintage from her regular attendance at the Annual Conference, while she was still able to travel internationally. Her first book, Intellectual Design of John Dryden’s Heroic Plays, was published by Yale University Press in 1970; over the next fifty years she wrote hundreds of articles about English writers, and the history of Catholics in the seventeenth century. May she rest in peace.

Peter Nockles honoured by NINS

Some good news in troubled times! Council member Peter Nockles has been awarded this year's Gailliot Award by the National Institute of Newman Studies at Pittsburgh, PA, in recognition of his work in promoting and advancing the study of the life, writings, and influence of John Henry Newman. We send him our heartiest congratulations.

Update from the Secretary

Members should by now have received the latest edition of the CRS Newsletter. In company with other learned societies we have found it necessary to cancel this year's Annual Conference; arrangements for the AGM will follow. Council remains positive, however, so please see other posts for news of core activities that we hope to be able to maintain in these difficult days.

Marie Rowlands recognised by the Pope

Many congratulations to long-standing member Dr Marie Rowlands, whom Pope Francis has awarded the Benemerenti Medal for her services to Catholic History. Dr Rowlands is Emeritus Research Fellow and a former Head of History at Newman University; in the words of the citation, ‘her research and publications have changed our perception of the role of laypeople, particularly women, in fostering the life of the Catholic community in this country and in educating the young in the centuries following the Reformation.’

Read more here.

Bishop Daniel Mullins 1929-2019

The Society has noted with sadness the death of The Rt Revd Daniel Mullins, Bishop of Menevia from 1987 to 2001, and a former President of the CRS. His requiem will take place at St Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea, on Friday 15 November at 11.30am. A fuller tribute will follow.

CCS Scholarships & Bursaries 2020/2021

More good news from Durham: The Centre for Catholic Studies has announced that applications are open for Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries for 2020/21. Attention is especially drawn to two Louis Lafosse Bicentenary PhD Scholarships, both 3 year awards including full-fees (at UK/Home level), plus a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council’s national rate. The closing date for applications for the Lafosse Scholarships is Sunday 23 February 2020; all other applications are open until 24 May 2020. Full details, including eligibility criteria and an application form, are available at

https://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/ccs/study/bursaries/

Modern Monasteries

Historic England have produced a new guide to some 19th- and 20th-century monasteries. The arrival of these new institutions coincided with the Gothic Revival, based on the authentic historical appreciation of medieval buildings and modern constructional logic. Some of the highest-regarded monastic buildings are gothic revival ones; the design and fitting-out of convent and monastery chapels, and the emphasis on communal living inspired by the Middle Ages, have left a vivid picture of this particular aspect of Victorian life.

Click here to access the guide.

CCS Scholarships & Bursaries 2020/2021

More good news from Durham: The Centre for Catholic Studies has announced that applications are open for Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries for 2020/21. Attention is especially drawn to two Louis Lafosse Bicentenary PhD Scholarships, both 3 year awards including full-fees (at UK/Home level), plus a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council’s national rate. The closing date for applications for the Lafosse Scholarships is Sunday 23 February 2020; all other applications are open until 24 May 2020. Full details, including eligibility criteria and an application form, are available at

https://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/ccs/study/bursaries/

EMBIC 2020

Our friends at the Centre for Catholic studies have released details of the fourth biennial Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism Conference. 2020 marks the 450th anniversary of the papal bull Regnans in Excelsis and the excommunication of Elizabeth I. From that point on, the questions surrounding British and Irish Catholicism became inescapably political, with the line between the temporal and the spiritual even more blurred than previously. The conference will consider the relationships between politics and Catholicism in the widest possible framework, including through political debates and differences between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Catholics, as well as the global Church; the politics of religious exile; spirituality and theology as polemic; State consideration of British and Irish Catholics in the political sphere; and Catholics as political players in the non-Catholic imagination.

The timeframe being considered is broad, from c.1530 to 1800. The conference is interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from researchers in fields including History, Literary Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Musicology and Art History.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute communications on any related theme from any field; panel proposals consisting of three speakers are also encouraged. Proposals (c. 200 words) should be sent by email to James Kelly (james.kelly3@durham.ac.uk) by 8 January 2020.

The Webbs of Odstock

The Webb family of Odstock has been described as among
the richest commoner families of England. Eventually they owned
property throughout the country, often as a result of marriage into other
Catholic families. They originated in Poole and first became wealthy
in Salisbury; they later maintained homes in Northamptonshire and West Sussex as well as in Wiltshire and Dorset. Even so, their story has often been overlooked. Hugh Wright's story of the Webbs finishes after Catholic Emancipation and provides an unusually detailed insight into what was the effect of their Catholic faith on a colourful and devoted family from the split of Henry VIII from Rome until the comparative calm of the Victorian era.

CRS Conference 2020

The Catholic Record Society Conference 2020 will be held at the Bar Convent, York, between Monday 20 and Wednesday 22 July. Watch this space! 

Honorary Editor of North West Catholic History

Our friends at the North West Catholic History Society are looking for someone to act as Honorary Editor of North West Catholic History. Applications, including a C.V. and a bibliography should be emailed to editor@nwcatholichistory.org.uk by 15 October 2019.

 

www.nwcatholichistory.org.uk

CRS Conference 2020

The Catholic Record Society Conference 2020 will be held at the Bar Convent, York, between Monday 20 and Wednesday 22 July. Watch this space! 

CRS Conference 2020

The Catholic Record Society Conference 2020 will be held at the Bar Convent, York, between Monday 20 and Wednesday 22 July. Watch this space! 

British Catholic History May 2019

Rebellions, novels, vivisection, and more; and the usual range of reviews of the most recent scholarship in our field: the latest edition of British Catholic History is online! Hard copies will go out to subscribers in the next few days; but we're delighted that CUP, our publishers, make the content of each new edition available to non-members through their open access route.

If you'd like to join the Society to receive full access to all our back issues, then see the membership page for more details.

British Catholic History May 2019

Call for Papers

We are delighted to put out a Call for Papers for anyone wishing to contribute 20-minute papers to the Panel Sessions at the Conference this year. This is always an exciting opportunity to present research in the presence of experts and in a friendly environment – some of the present leaders in our field first presented their work at a CRS conference! Anyone wishing to present should send a 100-word abstract and brief academic biography to Professor Bill Sheils: bill.sheils@york.ac.uk. A limited number of bursaries to cover the Conference Fee and up to £100 travel/accommodation expenses are available for students, and clergy and religious are particularly invited to apply.

Early Career Conference: Centre for Catholic Studies

The CCS Early-Career Conference at Durham is open to postgraduate students and other early career researchers, and papers can be on any aspect of Catholic theology or Catholic studies.

A limited number of travel bursaries will be available.

For further details and to submit a paper proposal, please visit the conference website.

Funding for Catholic Studies at Durham

The Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University invites applications from full-time and part-time candidates (both existing students and new candidates) for fixed-term Postgraduate Scholarships (full fees) and fixed-term Postgraduate Bursaries (partial help towards fees) in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/ccs/study/bursaries/

Catholic Archives Society Conference

Exciting news from our friends at the Catholic Archives Society: details of their annual conference in May are now available.

Click here for more information.

Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled for details of our own conference in July, details of which will appear soon!

Franciscan Conference in Durham

Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies, in partnership with the Capuchin Franciscans of Great Britain, has announced a Call for Papers for a forthcoming international conference.

The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st

Assessing the Continuing Significance of St Francis and Franciscan Traditions of Theology, Spirituality, and Action

5 – 7 November 2019

www.centreforcatholicstudies.co.uk

Secrecy and Sanctity

The Bar Convent at York is hosting a day-symposium on 26 April to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the convent chapel.

 

Many congratulations to our friends the sisters on this milestone anniversary!

 

The CRS is heading to York for its own conference in July this year: see the Conference page for more details.

Sink or Swim – Catholicism in Sixties Britain

Below, L-R: The Secretary, Dr Alana Harris, Isabel Ryan, and the Membership Secretary at the launch of "Sink or Swim - Catholicism in Sixties Britain through John Ryan's cartoons" at King's College, London, recently.


Dr Harris, one of the co-curators, is a member of the CRS, and has addressed the Society on a number of occasions.


The exhibition runs in KCL's Maughan Library until 13 April, and is free!

www.kcl.ac.uk/library/archivespec/exhibitions/maughan.aspx

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