The College Theology Society

 Serving Church and Academy Since 1954

American Catholic Life and Thought

Louis T. Albarran, Holy Cross College (IN)

Paul G. Monson, Sacred Heart Seminary & School of Theology (WI)

The American Catholic Life and Thought section welcomes papers that address all aspects of American Catholic theology, history, and culture. Giving preference to proposals that address the 2020 convention theme, “Human Families: Identity, Relationships, and Responsibilities.” In particular, this section encourages proposals in three areas:

  • We invite paper proposals responding to Bill Portier’s Every Catholic An Apostle: A Life of Thomas A. Judge, CM, 1868–1933 (The Catholic University of America Press, 2017). Judge was born in the Northeast but did most of his work in Alabama.
  • We encourage studies on “families” of women or men religious that address the intersection of social structures, race, and gender within monastic life and church ministry. Topics of interest include the role of race within religious communities and social activism during the civil rights movement.
  • Finally, we welcome proposals on the thought of prominent lay Catholic writers in the South, such as Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy, especially as related to the conference theme.

Other questions or topics are also welcome. We likewise encourage the proposal of alternative panels that can offer a range of perspectives.

Proposals of approximately 500 words should include the scholar’s name, position, and institution, and be emailed to both Louis Albarran and Paul Monson by December 15, 2019. 

The College Theology Society is a registered, non-profit professional society and a Related Scholarly Organization of the American Academy of Religion.


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