The Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Shelley
Ph.D. - Catholic University of America
M.A. - Fordham University
M.A. - St. Joseph’s Seminary
B.A. - St. Joseph’s Seminary
My original area of interest was modern European history, especially the evolution of the modern papacy, the Catholic Church in nineteenth-century France and Belgium, post-Reformation English Catholicism, and the influence of Irish Catholicism on the Catholic Church in the English-speaking world.
In more recent years I have concentrated my attention on nineteenth and twentieth-century American Catholicism, giving particular attention to the development of the Catholic Church in New York. I have written three books on New York Catholicism as well as numerous periodical articles. I have just completed Empire State Catholics, a textbook intended for high school students. I have been commissioned by Cardinal Egan to write the bicentennial history of the Archdiocese of New York for the anniversary in 2008.
Greenwich Village Catholics: St. Joseph's Church and the Evolution of an Urban Faith Community, 1829-2003. Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press in August, 2003.
Slovaks on the Hudson: Most Holy Trinity Church, Yonkers, and the Slovak Catholics in the Archdiocese
of New York, 1894-2000. Washington, D.C. : The Catholic University of America Press, 2002.
The History of the Archdiocese of New York. Strasbourg: Editions du Signe, 1999.
Co-editor with Michael Glazier. The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1997.
Church History: A Course on the People of God. New York: Sadlier, 1997.
Dunwoodie : The History of St. Joseph's Seminary. Westminster, MD: Christian Classics, 1993.
Paul J. Hallinan, First Archbishop of Atlanta. Wilmington: Michael Glazier, 1989.