In Memoriam: Joseph H. Lynch

In Memoriam:

Professor Joseph H. Lynch died unexpectedly on December 27, 2008 at the age of 65.  He held the Joe & Elizabeth Engle Chair in the History of Christianity at The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio. He was a fellow of the Medieval Academy, past President of the American Catholic Historical Association and was a long time member of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society.  Joe was a graduate of Boston College and earned the Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1971 under Giles Constable. His first book, published in 1976 as a revised dissertation, was Simoniacal Entry into the Religious Life from 1000 to 1260: A Social, Economic and Legal Study.  He also published Godparents and Kinship in Early Medieval Europe (Princeton, 1986) and Christianizing Kinship: Ritual Sponsorship in Anglo-Saxon England (Cornell, 1998). He is perhaps best known for his book The Medieval Church: A Brief History (Longmans, 1992) and only a few weeks ago Oxford released his Early Christianity: A Brief History which Joe completed just before his death.

He was a dedicated servant to his department and university.  He was a model advisor and friend to many graduate students over the years, including your scribe. He earned many teaching awards at Ohio State and held numerous distinguished fellowships throughout his career.  Joe was also a devout Catholic and loving father, grandfather and husband.  He will be greatly missed.  Requiescat in pace.

Ronald J. Stansbury
Roberts Wesleyan College

Program Details for 17th Symposium Now Available

The program for the 17th Symposium can be found here in PDF format.

The registration form is here (PDF).

Details of the event are also available here.

Practical information in English (PDF) and French (PDF) is also available.

Call for Papers: Preaching on the Jews, for the Jews and by the Jews

The Institutum Romanum Finlandiae and the Centro Romano di studi sull’Ebraismo are jointly organising conference on the theme:

"Preaching on the Jews, for the Jews and by the Jews."

The conference will take place on 11 – 12 February 2011. The conference venue will be The Finnish Roman Institute Villa Lante (Passeggiata del Gianicolo 10, 00165 Roma, Italia).

We are inviting those who would like to be present at this event and give a paper to send us the title of their paper and a short abstract (no more than 300 words) to the address below. The proposals should be sent to the organisers no later than 31 May 2010. The organizers will evaluate paper proposals before the end of July and send invitations to the speakers. See the Call for Papers for details.


Workshop: Medieval Preaching: Texts–Attributions–Audience. Poland in European Context

Warsaw: 18-19.11.2011

This workshop will be held in November 2011 in Warsaw (Poland). 

Its theme is dedicated to sermonic issues.

Please see the program, in Polish and English.

In case of questions please contact us by e-mail at [email protected]

- Tomasz Ossowski