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Published on Wednesday, May 12, 2010


The Catholic Church is a particularly valuable topic for pursuing an internationalized approach to the history of the United States. French Catholicism has played an important but largely neglected role in the history of the United States because so many of the sources are in French, and because of the dispersion of the archives on both sides of the Atlantic. The rich French sources on religious history found in American archives (including those at the University of Notre Dame) remain underexplored by scholars from either France or the United States. The goals of this colloquium include facilitating conversation among scholars studying the intersection of French and American Catholicism from colonial times through the twentieth century, and identifying fruitful areas for further research.


Atlantic Catholicism: The French-American Connection
University of Notre Dame

All sessions will take place at the McKenna Hall Center for Continuing Education at the University of Notre Dame. Please contact Kathleen Cummings at Cushwa.1@nd.edu for more

May 27, 2010

9:30-11:30: Eighteenth-Century Conflict

Chair: Timothy Matovina, University of Notre Dame

“The French Revolution and the Revitalization of Catholic Values in the Atlantic World: The Case of the Old French Colony of Southeast Michigan”
Guillaume Teasdale, York University

“‘Without Knowledge of the True God’: Capuchins, Jesuits, and African Slavery in French Colonial Louisiana”
Michael Pasquier, Louisiana State University

“Violence and the Atlantic World: The Case of the American Revolution”
Patrick Griffin, University of Notre Dame

2:00--5:00: Nineteenth-Century Congregations

Chair: Thomas Kselman, University of Notre Dame

“La croissance, l’évolution et les caractéristiques du catholicisme américain vues par trois revues catholiques françaises”
Jacqueline Lalouette, University of Lille

"Fur traders, lumbermen and French priests: Upper Midwest in the 1830's and 1840's"
Tangi Villerbu, University of La Rochelle

“Crossing Boundaries: Philippine Duchesne and the Religious of the Sacred Heart on the Missouri Frontier”
Sarah Curtis, San Francisco State University

“The Rise of the Nation-Saint? French Missionaries and Canonization in U.S. Catholicism”
Kathleen Cummings, University of Notre Dame

Friday, May 28, 2010

8:30-10:30: Twentieth-Century Intellectuals

Chair: TBA

“The Catholic Connection at the Time of an Atlantic Gap: American Faithful and French Intellectuals during the Phony War"
Florian Michel, Institute de Sciences Po

"What Happened To Vatican II? Italian, French, and U.S. Catholicism in the 1970s and 80s”
Massimo Faggioli, University of St. Thomas

“René Rémond, a historian of Catholic French-American Relationships”
Charles Mercier, Universite Paris Sorbonne

10:45-12:15: Future Directions in Atlantic Catholicism

Chair: Kathleen Sprows Cummings

"Catholicism in the United States and the New Global History."
John T. McGreevy, University of Notre Dame



  • University of Notre Dame (Indiana)
    South Bend, America


  • Thursday, May 27, 2010
  • Friday, May 28, 2010


  • Kathleen Sprows Cummings
    courriel : Cushwa [dot] 1 [at] nd [dot] edu

Information source

  • Tangi Villerbu
    courriel : tvillerb [at] univ-lr [dot] fr

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« Atlantic Catholicism: The French-American connection », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, https://calenda.org/201128

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