Infamous Attack Against Jesuit Priest the Focus of UC Conway Lecture
The Fourth Annual Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies at the University of Cincinnati will explore a 19th-century attack against a Jesuit priest by a Protestant mob in New England, and what it says about our country’s history — and present day politics.
Notre Dame Professor John McGreevy will prsent “American Jesuits and the World: The Ellsworth Outrage of 1854,” a talk based on his new book, American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global.
The lecture will focus on the story of an exiled Swiss Jesuit who was tarred and feathered in 1841 by a mob in Maine, during the height of the Know Nothing party and anti-Catholic hysteria, and who later became the first president of Boston College. His heroic work among the Penobscot Indians was just thebeginning of his mission work in the United States, but though he recovered from the attack he eventually went mad, spending his last days certain that mobs were again coming for him.
Professor McGreevy will explore the event in teh context of both the global history of the Catholic Church and of democracy in America. Xavier University President Fr, Michael Graham, SJ, will deliver the lecture’s introductory remarks.
The Conway Lecture is free and open to the public as part of the program’s mission to foster Catholic Studies in higher education and bring Catholic academic lectures and programs to the Greater Cincinnati Public.
The location is still being determined, but the lecture will be held February 22, 2017, at 7 pm.
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