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A One-Day Conference


July 13, 2013

Dedicated to the memory of our founder and Catholic historian Dr. Warren Carroll.

Christendom College will host its biennial Summer Conference this year, featuring intriguing topics by prominent and dynamic Catholic historians. Held at our campus in the St. Lawrence Commons, the event promises to be an intellectually and spiritually enriching experience for all.

Dedicated to the memory of our founder Dr. Warren Carroll and held during our 35th Anniversary celebratory year, the event promises to be an engaging and enlightening experience for all who attend.


Registration for this conference is closed.
If you have any questions, please call 540.636.2900 ext. 1342.

2Mr. Marcus Grodi
Master of Ceremonies

A convert to the Faith, Mr. Grodi serves as the Founder/President of The Coming Home Network International, a non-profit Catholic lay apostolate aimed at helping our separated brethren, both clergy and laity, come home to the Catholic Church. He also hosts The Journey Home, a weekly live television program, and Deep In Scripture, a weekly live radio program, both on EWTN. He is the author of Thoughts for the Journey Home, the novel How Firm a Foundation, and the editor/author of Journeys Home. He has taught courses in Catechetics, Youth Ministry, Leadership, and theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Pontifical College Josephinum. He has written a regular article for The Catholic Answer magazine and other Catholic publications.

Dr. Thomas F. Madden
Topic: "Rethinking Holy War: The Crusades and Catholic Devotion in the Middle Ages"

Dr. Madden is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University.  As an author and historical consultant he has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR,and The History Channel. Dr. Madden's recent books include Venice: A New History, The New Concise History of the Crusades, Empires of Trust, and the award-winningEnrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice.  He has also written and lectured extensively on the ancient and medieval Mediterranean as well as the history of Christianity and Islam. Awards for his scholarship include the Medieval Academy of America's Charles Homer Haskins Medal and the Medieval Institute's Otto Grundler Prize. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

1Dr. Brad S. Gregory
Topic: "History as Ancilla Theologiae? Some Reflections"

Dr. Gregory is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University (1996) and was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows (1994-96). Before joining the faculty at Notre Dame in 2003, Gregory taught at Stanford University, where he received early tenure in 2001. Gregory has two degrees in philosophy as well, both earned at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He has received multiple teaching awards at Stanford and Notre Dame, and in 2005 was named the inaugural winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture as the outstanding mid-career humanities scholar in the United States. Gregory's research focuses on Christianity in the Reformation era, the long-term effects of the Reformation, secularization in early modern and modern Western history, and methodology in the study of religion.

4Dr. Timothy O'Donnell
Topic: "Why History? The Church's View"

Dr. O'Donnell was the first layman to receive both his licentiate and doctoral degrees in Ascetical and Mystical Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. He has taught at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, California and at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He is a Knight Grand Cross in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and he is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. Additionally, he is the author of Heart of the Redeemer and Swords Around the Cross: The Nine Years War. He has filmed many programs for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) includingGlory of the Papacy and Luke: Meek Scribe of Christ.

Dr. Christopher Shannon
Topic: "After Modernism: De Lubac, Daniélou and the Patristic Approach to History"

Dr. Shannon is a member of the History Department at Christendom College, where he interprets the narrative of Christian history from its foundations in the Old Testament and its heroic beginnings in the Church of the Martyrs, down through the ages to the challenges of the post-modern world. His books include Conspicuous Criticism: Tradition, the Individual, and Culture in Modern American Social Thought (Johns Hopkins, 1996) and, most recently,Bowery to Broadway: The American Irish in Classic Hollywood Cinema(University of Scranton Press, 2010).
3Dr. Adam Schwartz
Topic: "Theologies of History in G. K. Chesterton and David Jones"

Dr. Schwartz is a scholar of modern British Christian thought. His main focus is on the revival of orthodox Christianity in twentieth-century Britain. In particular, he is interested in the dynamics of conversion to Christianity among intellectuals, and how these thinkers' religious beliefs shaped their cultural and social criticism. He has been a member of the history department at Christendom College since 2000 and is the author of the highly-acclaimed bookThe Third Spring: G.K. Chesterton, Graham Greene, Christopher Dawson, and David Jones.
Dr. Brendan McGuire
Topic: "Understanding the Past or Manipulating the Evidence? The Catholic Historian and Modern Religious Ecumenism"

Dr. McGuire is a Catholic historian, specializing in the classical and medieval periods.  He received his doctoral degree in medieval history from Saint Louis University, and in recent years has presented scholarly research on various historical topics at prestigious regional, national, and international conferences.  He has taught both history and classical languages at the undergraduate level, and he is currently a professor of history at Christendom College, his alma mater.
Fr. William Saunders
Celebrant and Homilist for Mass

A priest of the Diocese of Arlington, Fr. Saunders is the founding pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish.  He served as President of the Notre Dame Institute and Dean of the Notre Dame Graduate School from 1992 to 2002.  For over ten years he authored the popular weekly column “Straight Answers” in the Arlington Catholic Herald and has published two books of the collected articles. He has also written articles in Catholic Answers, Linacre Quarterly, and Lay Witness.  He is an expert on colonial American Catholic history.
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.   Opening Remarks
Marcus Grodi, Master of Ceremonies
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   "Why History? The Church's View"
Dr. Timothy O'Donnell
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   "History as Ancilla Theologiae? Some Reflections"
Dr. Brad S. Gregory
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   Mass
Fr. William Saunders, Celebrant and Homilist
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.   "Rethinking Holy War: The Crusades and Catholic Devotion in the Middle Ages"
Dr. Thomas F. Madden
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.   "After Modernism: De Lubac, Daniélou and the Patristic Approach to History"
Dr. Christopher Shannon
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Break
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.   "Theologies of History in G. K. Chesterton and David Jones"
Dr. Adam Schwartz
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.   "Understanding the Past or Manipulating the Evidence? The Catholic Historian and Modern Religious Ecumenism"
Dr. Brendan McGuire
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Q&A Panel, Closing Remarks, and Adjournment
Marcus Grodi



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