2023 Barry Award Dinner honors Theresa and Paul Murtagh

Thank you to all our members, friends, and benefactors who joined us at our 41st Annual Barry Award Dinner to celebrate this year’s honorees, Theresa and Paul Murtagh. It was a most joyous evening, with nearly 300 individuals filling the Lincoln Ballroom at the Union League of Philadelphia.  It was...

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Event Recap – Saint Elizabeth’s Parish, Philadelphia: Forged in the Fires of the Great Migration

St. Elizabeth Parish, founded in North Philadelphia in 1872 to serve a German immigrant population, would later be transformed as African Americans fleeing the harsh realities of segregation in the South flooded into Northern cities like Philadelphia. By the 1950s, with the support of dynamic and innovative pastoral leadership, St....

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Event Recap – 2022 Barry Award Dinner

On Friday, November 18, the American Catholic Historical Society had the privilege of conferring its 2022 Commodore Barry Award to Jerry Parsons, CTDI Chairman and founder.  Jerry and his family have a long history with philanthropic organizations throughout the Philadelphia region with a major focus on Catholic education and the...

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2021 Barry Award

Event Recap – 2021 Barry Award Dinner

On Friday, December 3, the American Catholic Historical Society had the privilege of conferring its 2021 Commodore Barry Award to Archbishop Nelson Pérez of Philadelphia. It was our first major gathering in two years and a fitting celebration for our distinguished honoree. We recorded the event to share our special...

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Event – “Edgy Ministry: Doing Church in the City”

The American Catholic Historical Society is pleased to co-sponsor an exhibit, open house, and film screening hosted by the Redemptorist Archives as part of Archives Month Philly — a celebration of area archives throughout the month of October. October 26, 2021 from 9 AM to 5 PM with film screening at...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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