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Thomas J. Shelley

Rev. Msgr.
Professor Emeritus


PhD - Catholic University of America
MA - Fordham University
MA - St. Josephs Seminary
BA - St. Josephs Seminary

Research Interests

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.?

Recent Publications

Greenwich Village Catholics: St. Josephs 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. Josephs Seminary. Westminster, MD: Christian Classics, 1993.

Paul J. Hallinan, First Archbishop of Atlanta. Wilmington: Michael Glazier, 1989.??