• American Catholic Historical Society

    Addressing the Legacy of Racism

    The board of the American Catholic Historical Society is appalled and grieved by the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We mourn the loss of their lives and the countless others who have lost their lives as a consequence of racialized violence. Racism is a sin....

  • ACHS newsletter 2020

    2020 Newsletter

    The ACHS annual newsletter for Fall 2020 has just been issued. Read about the work of the Society and learn about our upcoming events for 2020-2021. 

  • Archbishop Nelson J. Perez

    Barry Award Dinner – 2021

    Because of restrictions on public gatherings related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the ACHS has determined that it will not be feasible to hold the Barry Award Dinner this November.  We are delighted to announce, however, that this year’s selected honoree, Archbishop Nelson J. Perez, has agreed to receive the...

  • Resources on the Subject of Race and Racism

    The opinions expressed on this blog represent the views only of the individual contributors; they do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Catholic Historical Society. The U.S. bishops have named the reality of personal and systemic racism and they have called on Catholics to undertake the following tasks:...

  • Saint Ambrose church

    Change of Plans: Alternative Architectural Visions of Catholic Philadelphia

    Recognize this Philadelphia church? Probably not, since it was never built! This was the original design planned for St. Ambrose in the Olney section of the city. Founded in 1923, the parish had ambitions to erect a grand “perpendicular Gothic style” edifice with seating for 1,000 worshippers. Ultimately, however, only...

  • Carey Bible

    A New Home for a Carey Bible

    Philadelphia’s newest museum opened its doors this past spring. Located next door to the Shrine of St. John Neumann at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Northern Liberties, the museum celebrates the life and ministry of Philadelphia’s fourth bishop. The materials on exhibit, ranging from prayer books to liturgical vestments,...

  • Catholic Research Resources Alliance

    Partnership with Catholic Research Resources

    The ACHS recently became a contributing partner of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance, an online portal that brings together material from archives, academic libraries, and other sources with the goal of making them accessible to the widest audience possible. One of their leading initiatives has been the Catholic Newspaper Program,...