• ACS online access

    Online Access to American Catholic Studies

    The ACHS is pleased to announce a new benefit of membership:  Free online access to the Society’s award-winning journal, American Catholic Studies! This includes access to the full run of back issues from 2011 onward. This benefit is made possible through our partnership with Project Muse, which hosts our journal as...

  • Hallahan Opening Day

    Advocating for Historical Preservation

    During the August 30, 2021 meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, ACHS Recording Secretary, Chris Gibbons, spoke in support of the Historic Designation for the buildings of John W. Hallahan High School. “The original building was the first All-Girls Diocesan Catholic High School in the country”, Gibbons told the Commission....

  • 2021 Newsletter

    2021 Newsletter

    Check out the 2021 ACHS newsletter to learn about the Society’s activities and our schedule of events for 2021-2022.

  • Michael Finnegan featured in Irish Edition

    Michael Finnegan, President of the American Catholic Historical Society, was featured in the July 2021 issue of Irish Edition. The story outlines the history of the organization as well as many of the advancements made under Finnegan’s leadership.

  • ACS Summer 2021

    Summer 2021 issue of American Catholic Studies Available!

    Our Summer 2021 issue has arrived featuring a special forum on “Studying Masculinities, Catholic Style,” with contributions by six accomplished scholars. We also have an article on American Catholics and the work of Pax Romana (an international student association) and a fascinating profile of Sister Mary Dennis Donovan, CSJ of...

  • Dr Lawrence Flick presentation

    Event Recap – Laetare: Dr. Lawrence Flick and the ACHS

    On Sunday, May 16, 2021, the ACHS recalled the life and legacy of one of its founders, Dr. Lawrence Flick, on the 101st anniversary of his being awarded the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare medal, one of the highest honors given to an American Catholic layperson.  The event was held...

  • Event recap Father Thomas Judge

    Event Recap: Life of Father Thomas A. Judge, CM

    On Tuesday, April 20, Dr. William Portier of the University of Dayton spoke on the life of Father Thomas A. Judge, CM, a pioneer in the development of the lay apostolate.  Dr. Portier’s talk was based on his biography of Judge, Every Catholic an Apostle (Catholic University of America Press). The presentation...

  • The Philadelphia Irish

    Event Recap: The Philadelphia Irish

    On Sunday, March 21, Dr. Michael Mullan presented on his forthcoming book, The Philadelphia Irish: Nation, Culture, and the Rise of a Gaelic Public Sphere (Rutgers University Press, 2021). His research drew heavily from archival material at the Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, including some sources that are part...

  • Little Flower HS lecture

    Event Recap: Little Flower High School and Catholic Girls’ education in Philadelphia

    On Sunday, February 21, Dr. Barbara Klaczynska Schmidt shared her research on Little Flower High School and Catholic Girls’ Education in Philadelphia as part of our local history series. The talk coincides with the celebration of Little Flower’s 80th anniversary.   The presentation is now available for viewing on Zoom.

  • St. Peter Claver Parish

    ACHS celebrates Black History Month

    The ACHS joins the church and the nation in celebrating Black History Month. It is an occasion to remind ourselves of the tremendous contributions Black Catholics have made to the church through their enduring faith and witness in the face of discrimination and adversity. We invite you to check out the following...