April 2014 Blog Posts (6)

Succeeding the Jesuits: the rise of the Congregation of the Mission in the Eighteenth-century

Tomorrow, I am beginning a new phase of research, generously sponsored by the VIncentian Studies Institute, which is going to examine the Congregation's arrival and growth in popularity in certain European cities in the eighteenth century (Lisbon, Bologna, Evora, Barcelona among others). This groundwork will hopefully till the terrain for a further analysis of the Congregation's rivalry with the Jesuits later in the century. This month I shall be excavating materials in the mother house in…


Added by Sean Alexander Smith on April 30, 2014 at 5:50am — No Comments

VHRN Newsnote: "John XXIII and the Vincentian family."

This Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize two of his 20th century predecessors: John XXIII and John Paul II. Co-incidentally the Vincentiana Collection at DePaul University just acquired this 1959 photo of the pope dated 12 January 1959. The byline reads: "Pope John presented gifts to 150 children at Rome's St. Martha's Children's Home. The pontiff later apologized to… Continue

Added by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on April 21, 2014 at 5:37pm — No Comments

The Frontiers of Mission: Perspectives on Early Modern Missionary Catholicism

A new volume of essays edited by Alison Forrestal and myself is now slated to be published by Ashgate in 2015. The Frontiers of Mission: Perspectives on Early Modern Missionary Catholicism, is the product of a lengthy collaboration which began with a conference in Galway in June 2013. The volume seeks to bring a new set of perspectives to Catholic missionary activity in the early modern period, confronting the validity of the oft-repeated claim that the missionary experience can be…


Added by Sean Alexander Smith on April 20, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments

DePaul University Announces Digital Collection of St. Vincent's Handwritten Letters

In 1969, DePaul University acquired its first original, handwritten letter by St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), presented by the well-known book collector and DePaul alumnus Abel Berland. Since that time, through other generous gifts and judicious purchases, it has added to that first letter seven-fold. DePaul’s eight Vincent letters represents the largest such collection outside of Europe. The letters are the collective cornerstone of DePaul’s…


Added by Andrew H Rea on April 16, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

VHRN Booknote: "Global Crisis: War, Climate Change & Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century."

From the Publisher:

Winner of one of the 2012 Heineken Prizes

Sunday Times History Book of the Year 2013

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013 in the History, Geography, & Area Studies Category.

Received an Honorable Mention for the 2013 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence… Continue

Added by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on April 4, 2014 at 5:45am — No Comments

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