Mary Beth Fraser Connolly
Ph.D., American History, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 2006.
Doctoral dissertation project: “‘Devoted to the Interest of the Italians’: The Sisters of Charity and the Santa Maria Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1890-1930.”
- Examinations Fields: Americanization and Immigration 1877 to 1945; Gender and Religion in Nineteenth Century America; Religion and Gender in Medieval Europe; United StatesChurch History
M.A. in American History, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 1994.
Master’s Thesis: “Regardless of Wealth or Creed: The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul and the Early History of Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton, NY 1924-1940.”
B.A. in History, John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH, 1992.
Minor in French, Concentration in Secondary Education
Recent Professional Experience
Assistant Director, Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, Valparaiso, IN, August 2010-present.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, Fall 2012 – present.
Taught “First-Year Freshmen Core Program.”
Historian, Sisters of Mercy, Chicago Regional Province, Chicago, IL, July 2006—present.
Manuscript (under consideration): Led by Mercy: The History of the Sisters of Mercy Chicago Regional Community, 1846-2008.
Lecturer, Purdue University North Central, Westville, IN, Spring 2005—2010.
Taught “Women in America,” “Episodes in American Religious History,” “Women and Religion in America,” “US History to 1877,” and “US History Since 1865.”
Instructor, Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, NH, Fall 2002-Spring 2004.
Taught “Senior Liberal Arts Seminar: New Worlds of Love and Work,” “The American Experience,” “American Women’s History,” and “Comparative American and European Women’s History.”
Archives Assistant, Department of Archives, Manuscripts and Museum Collections, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1996-2001.
Executive Secretary, Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR), National Office, Washington, DC, 1998-2001.
Women of Faith: The Chicago Sisters of Mercy and the Evolution of a Religious Community, (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014).
Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action Before and After Vatican II, co-editor with Jeremy Bonner and Christopher Denny, (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013).
Book Chapters and Articles:
“Reaching Out to the People of God: The Implications of Renewal for the Sisters of Mercy in Parish Schools,” Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action Before and After Vatican II, Jeremy Bonner, Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, and Christopher Denny, eds., (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013), 171-196.
“New England Industrial Workers,” Perspectives in American Social History, Ed. Mark Cheathem, (ABC-Clio, Inc. 2008), 117-31, Co-written with Michael J. Connolly.
“ ‘A Good Girl Has Reason to be Satisfied with her Condition in Life’: George Deshon and the Guide for Catholic Young Women,” Paulist History, 7(1998): 43-54.
“Mary Gordon” and “Mother Mary Harris Jones,” in Timothy J. Meagher, ed., The Columbia Guide to Irish American History, (New York: ColumbiaUniversity Press, 2005).
The Journal of Sister Justina and the Santa Maria Institute (working title), with M. Christine Anderson and Judith Metz, SC, The American Catholic History Classroom, American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, http://cuomeka.wrlc.org/index, (forthcoming).
Kathleen Spows Cummings, New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009), In History Women Religious News and Notes, 2010.
Catherine A. Brekus, The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past, (Chapel Hill: North Carolina Press, 2007), in The History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland, (http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Bedford-Centre/history-women-religious/), October 2009.
Deborah A. Skok, More Than Neighbors: Catholic Settlements and Day Nurseries in Chicago, 1893-1930, (Northern Illinois University Press, 2007), in American Catholic Studies, Vol. 120, No. 2 (Summer 2009), 84-86.
Janet Nolan, Servants of the Poor: Teachers and Mobility in Ireland and Irish America, (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004), in The Catholic Historical Review, October 2008.
Teresa A. Flaherty, RSM, Crossings in Mercy: The Story of the Sisters of Mercy Papua New Guinea, 1956-2006, (St. Mary’s, S.A.: Openbook Howden Design & Print, 2008), in The History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland, (http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Bedford-Centre/history-women-religious/) October 2008.
Amy L. Koehlingher, The New Nuns: Racial Justice and Religious Reform in the 1960s, (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007). In History Women Religious News and Notes, 2008.
Bruce Watson, Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream, (New York: Penguin Books, 2005). In H-NewEngland (http://www.h-net.org/~nengland/), April 2008.
Rosa Bruno-Jofré, The Missionary Oblate Sisters: Vision and Mission, (Montreal: McGull-Queen’s University Press, 2005), in The History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland, (http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Bedford-Centre/history-women-religious/), September 2007.
“Finding ‘Good Hearts’ in Chicago’s Past: The Influence of Women Religious on the History of the Growth of a City,” Cushwa Center Newsletter, Spring 2007, Book Review of Suellen Hoy, Good Heart: Catholic Sisters in Chicago’s Past, (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006).
“The Journal of Sister Justina, the Santa Maria Institute, and the American Catholic History Classroom,” American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January, 2014
Chair of Panel, “Virgin or Whore? Perceptions of Christian Women,” American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January, 2014.
Chair of Panel, “Race and Religion in the United States,” The Ninth Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious, St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul, MN, June, 2013.
“Women of Faith: A Historical Overview of the Role of Women in American Catholicism,” St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Adult Formation Committee and Social Justice Commission, Valparaiso, IN, May 3, 2013.
““Reaching Out to the People of God: The Implications of Renewal for the Sisters of Mercy in Parish Schools,” American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2013.
“Women’s History is the Santa Maria Institute,” Guest Lecture, Introduction to Historiography, Purdue University North Central, Westville, IN, November 13, 2013.
“What Is Women’s History?: The Origin and Evolution of the Field and Why Nuns Matter,” Guest Lecture, Introduction to Historiography, Purdue University North Central, Westville, IN, October 3, 2012.
“‘Change is Blowing Hard’: The Sisters of Mercy and Renewal of Religious Government, 1960s-1970s,” Eighth Triennial Conference of the History of Women Religious, Scranton, PA, 2010.
“Sister Justina Segale and Americanization: The Making of Catholic Italian-Americans,” Seventh Triennial Conference of the History of Women Religious, Notre Dame, IN, 2007.
“Religious and Lay Women United: The Santa Maria Institute Confronts the Protestant Missionaries, 1897-1930,” Sixth Triennial Conference of the History of Women Religious, Atchison,KS, 2004.
“Sewing Circles and Sodalities: The Sisters of Charity and the Gender Lessons of the Santa Maria Institute,” Spring Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Society, Portland, OR, 2002.