Telling Stories that Matter

Telling Stories that Matter: A Conference in Honor of Rev. Marvin R. O'Connell
will be held in McKenna Hall on the campus of Notre Dame on Thursday, May 5. Rev. Marvin O'Connell has been a member of Notre Dame's faculty since 1972. He is a distinguished historian, authoring numerous books, including the authoritative biography of Edward Sorin, CSC, histories of the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, Catholic Modernism, and the Oxford Movement, and a novel. This conference honors the breadth and depth of his scholarly work, and his long service to Notre Dame. Registration is through the Notre Dame Conference Center.


10:00 A.M. – Registration and Coffee

10:30 -11:45 A.M. – Session One: Marvin O’Connell and the Reformation/Counter Reformation

            Chair and Discussant: Professor Cameron MacKenzie, Concordia Theological Seminary

            Presenter: Professor Brad Gregory, University of Notre Dame, Reflecting upon:

            Thomas Stapleton and the Counter Reformation (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1964), pp. xii, 221

            The Counter Reformation, 1559-1610 (New York: Harper & Row, 1974), pp. xv, 390 (a contribution to the Rise of Modern Europe Series, edited by William L. Langer) A Harper Torchbook, 1974

            Blaise Pascal: Reasons of the Heart (Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 1997), pp. xxi, 210

12:00 Noon – Lunch

            Luncheon Speaker: Professor Gary Hamburg, Claremont McKenna College, “Marvin O’Connell as Historian, Colleague, and Friend.”

1:30 – 3:00 PM – Session Two: Marvin O’Connell and 19th Century European Christianity

            Chair and Discussant: Professor Rick Janet, Rockhurst College

            Presenter: Professor Katherine Tillman Sloan, University of Notre Dame, Reflecting upon:

            The Oxford Conspirators. A History of the Oxford Movement, 1833-1845 (New York: Macmillan, 1969), pp. x, 468 Second edition (Lanham MD: University Press of America, 1991)


            Presenter: Professor Thomas Kselman, University of Notre Dame, Reflecting upon:

            Critics on Trial: an Introduction to the Catholic Modernist Crisis (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 1994), pp. xiii, 394

3:00 PM – Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:15 PM – Session Three: Marvin O’Connell and American Catholic History

            Chair and Discussant: Professor Michael Baxter, University of Notre Dame

            Presenter: Professor Philip Gleason, University of Notre Dame, Reflecting upon:

            John Ireland and the American Catholic Church (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1988), pp. xiii, 610 Second edition, 1990

            Edward Sorin (Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), pp. x, 737

            Pilgrims to the Northland.  The Archdiocese of St. Paul, 1840-1962 (Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009), pp. xiii, 642

            Presenter: Professor Ronald Weber, University of Notre Dame, reflecting upon:

            McElroy: A Novel (New York: WW Norton, 1980)


6:00 PM – Reception   --Sponsored by the Department of History and the College of Arts and Letters


7:00 PM – Dinner

            Dinner Speaker: Professor David Solomon, University of Notre Dame

            Response: Rev. Marvin R. O’Connell, University of Notre Dame



            Conference Convener:

            Bill Miscamble, CSC, History Department, University of Notre Dame


            Phone: (574) 631-7541 (O); (574) 229-2328 (Cell); (574) 631-7525 (H)