Crossings and Dwellings closes with International Conference, Oct. 16-18
Photo by Myles Ostrowski
Loyola University Chicago will hold a conference marking the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814. The conference aims at locating works-of both restored Jesuits and their colleagues from women's religious orders-within the specific experiential context of building an American nation.
Jesuits and Women Religious, who came to America, and most especially to the Midwest and Great Lakes regions during a rapid surge in urban industrial expansion, found enthusiastic reception. In new urban centers, a surge in Catholic immigrant populations provided much-needed labor. Like the people they served, these first restored Jesuits and their women religious collaborators-for example, Arnold Damen, S.J. and Mary Agatha Hurley, B.V.M.-were also European immigrants. In rural areas, restored Jesuits and their women religious collaborators-for example, Pierre-Jean Smet, S.J. and Philippine Duchesne, R.S.C.J.-engaged in explorations of and settlements on ever-shifting frontier peripheries. All were expected to lead the way even as they themselves underwent the process of becoming "Americans." They needed to create new identities, at once continuous with their European Catholic inheritance even as they accommodated themselves to a new world of democratic participation, scientific innovation, religious, ethnic, and cultural pluralism.
This conference includes papers by established and new scholars as well as plenary talks by Carol Coburn (Avila University), Timothy Gilfoyle (Loyola), John McGreevy (Notre Dame), Rina Lunin Schultz (Independent Scholar), and Kathleen Sprows Cummings (Notre Dame). Registration is free and open to the public.
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