Church historian Father Marvin O'Connell to give reading May 20 from new book about archdiocese
Father Marvin O'Connell, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame and a former member of the St. Thomas History Department, will read from his new book, Pilgrims to the Northland: The Archdiocese of St. Paul, 1840-1962, at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.
The reading is part of the UST History Department University Speaker Series, which is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing after the reading.
O'Connell's new book is a narrative history of the Archdiocese of St. Paul from 1840 to 1962. He stresses the social, economic and political context in which the Catholic Church in Minnesota grew and evolved. It begins with the labors and accomplishments of the French priests who arrived during the first half of the 19th century and continues through the death of Archbishop William Brady in 1961.
For more information, e-mail Dr. Anne Klejment in the UST History Department.