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Kevin Cawley

Maria Mazzenga

Katherine Nuss

Moderator and Presenters

Michael Sean Winters, Moderator

Michael Sean Winters is a Visiting Fellow at Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies. Winters writes the blog “Distinctly Catholic” and covers political issues for the National Catholic Reporter. He also serves as the U.S. correspondent for the international Catholic weekly, The Tablet. He is the author of two books: “Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats,” Basic Books, 2008, and “God’s Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right,” Harper One, 2012. 

Wm. Kevin Cawley

Wm Kevin Cawley has worked in the University of Notre Dame Archives for 30 years.  For most of that time he has served as the curator of manuscripts, meaning that he has taken care of Catholic historical collections rather than the records of the university.  A native greater Cleveland, he has an A.B. and M.A. from John Carroll University, an M.S.L.S. in archival administration from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.  He has taught at John Carroll, Cornell, and Vassar.

Maria Mazzenga

Maria Mazzenga is Education Archivist at the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, where she manages educational programs related to the American Catholic experience. In addition to preparing archives-based educational presentations aimed at both the CUA community and the general public, she manages the American Catholic History Classroom, a website featuring hundreds of primary documents and educational materials on topics such as Catholics and race, education, industrialization, politics, and Catholic-Jewish relations.  She holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Catholic University (2000), and is adjunct instructor in the Department of History and Department of Library and Information Science at Catholic University.  Her research and publications focus on U.S. society and culture in the 1920-1950 period, American Catholic life, and archival outreach.  

Tricia Pyne

Dr. Tricia T. Pyne earned her doctorate in U.S. history from The Catholic University of America. Her area of specialization is U.S. Catholicism. She has been Director of the Associated Archives at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland, since 2001. She is currently serving as the U.S. Coordinator for The Second Vatican Council from the Perspective of the Archives of the Council Fathers Project. Publications include: “The Associated Archives at St. Mary’s Seminary and University: A New Model for Catholic Archives,” American Catholic Studies, 118:2 (Summer 2007) and “The Archives of the Second Vatican Council Fathers Project: A Report from the United States,” U.S. Catholic Historian 30:3 (Summer 2012).

Katherine Nuss

Katherine Nuss has a BA International Relations from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Library Science from The Catholic University of America.  She is the manager of Information Services for Catholic News Service, National Public Radio’s part-time reference librarian, and the  Information and Archive Services Manager, Department of Communications, for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Ann Rodgers

Ann Rodgers spent 33 years as a journalist covering religion for secular newspapers before becoming director of the Department of Outreach and Engagement for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh earlier this month. She worked for the Concord Monitor (NH), the News-Press in Fort Myers, FL, The Pittsburgh Press and spent the last 20 years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Along the way she covered 25 years of U.S. Catholic bishops' meetings, two papal elections and parts of the making of a number of saints. She'd love to hear from any archivist with documents on Msgr. Walter S. Carroll (1908-1950), a Pittsburgher who was the only American serving in the Vatican Secretariat of State during World War II.

Kevin Eckstrom

Kevin Eckstrom joined the RNS staff in 2000 and became editor in 2006. Prior to coming to RNS, he worked as religion editor at the Stuart/Port St. Lucie News in Florida. He was the winner of the 2000 Cassels Award for small newspapers from the Religion Newswriters Association. Under his leadership, RNS was named Best Wire Service by the Associated Church Press for four of the last six years. Eckstrom holds a M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from The George Washington University. Eckstrom was the president of the Religion Newswriters Association from 2007-2009 and was the inaugural Dewitt Wallace Fellow in Islamic Studies at Duke University in 2009.