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Texas Catholic history journal established

March 4th, 1987

On this day in 1987, the Journal of Texas Catholic History and Culture came into being when the president of the society, Patrick Foley, urged the membership to establish such a publication. Shortly after that, an editorial board was formed with Foley as editor of the new periodical. At its first official meeting, the editorial board adopted the new publication's name. The first annual volume of the journal appeared in the spring of 1990. Its academic tone, as well as that of future volumes, was enunciated by the late dean of American Catholic historians, Monsignor John Tracy Ellis, who wrote in his introductory essay to the inaugural issue that Texas Catholic history must be set in the broader context of universal church history. Such an approach has been followed by the editors in every volume published since then. Each issue of the journal is made up of several scholarly articles, a number of book reviews, announcements and comments about Catholic history and cultural developments throughout the nation, and notes from the Texas Catholic Historical Society. By 1994 the Journal had won three national awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. At its February 29, 1996, meeting, the editorial board voted to rename the journal Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture to include those neighboring states whose Catholic heritage shares the same roots as that of Texas.

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