University of St. Thomas Campus News
- 19th Century Concept of Irish-Catholic ‘Spiritual Empire’ is Topic of Nov. 6 Lecture
Historian Irene Whelan of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, will discuss the concept of an Irish-Catholic “spiritual empire” in a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the O’Shaughnessy Room of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.
The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the university’s Center for Irish Studies and the Center for Catholic Studies.
This concept of an Irish-Catholic “spiritual empire” – a belief that the Irish were destined to lead the world back to the Catholic faith – gained huge popularity in the latter part of the 19th century. Though the idea seems preposterous to present-day Catholics, Whelan says, it once was embraced by historians, politicians and churchmen. They looked to both the ancient and the more recent past to justify a view of the Irish as a chosen people.
One of the most enthusiastic supporters of the notion was Archbishop John Ireland, the Irish-born founder of St. Thomas, who made it a feature of many of his St Patrick’s Day sermons. In 1869, for instance, he declared that “Nations, no less than individuals, receive from Heaven a vocation.” According to the archbishop, Judea held this position in the past but “in modern times this high office has been assigned to Ireland.”
This thesis, Whelan says, provided a sense of purpose to a people dispersed throughout the world by forces over which they had little control. Whelan argues that the view allowed for the creation of a virtual “empire of the spirit” to parallel the great mercantile and land empires being carved out by the great powers during the heyday of imperialism.
In the years immediately following the Easter Rising, the notion of the Irish as a people of destiny and a “martyr nation” gained wide currency among those seeking a new identity for an independent country; chief among them were Archbishop Daniel Mannix of Melbourne and Irish President Eamon de Valéra. Mannix termed de Valéra “Ireland’s man of destiny” – an idea that would have profound consequences for the new state, particularly in church-state relations and the anti-modern culture that became a feature of the new Ireland from the 1930s onward.
A native of Clifden, County Galway, Whelan is associate professor of history and director of Irish studies at Manhattanville College. Her research and publications focus on popular religion in Ireland. She is the author of the 2005 book The Bible War in Ireland: The ‘Second Reformation’ and the Polarization of Protestant-Catholic Relations 1800-1840, an account of the evangelical movement and the sources of modern religious and political polarization in Ireland.
For more information, contact the Center for Irish Studies at (651) 962-5662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New Members of Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Announced
The Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame, established in 2010 by the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, will add three new members in a morning ceremony Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club.
Members of the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame are chosen for their outstanding business performance, high standards of ethics and sense of community. The three new members are:
George Karvel, Ph.D.
George Karvel chaired the real estate programs at both the University of St. Thomas and St. Cloud State University and has been a prolific writer, lecturer and litigation consultant during his long and illustrious career. Well-known for his popular Sunday morning real estate program on WCCO radio and his column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, George Karvel made complex real estate topics easy to understand, while advancing the careers of real estate students and professionals through his leadership and his teaching.
Cyril “Cy” Kuefler Sr. (1925-2001)
A successful real estate entrepreneur in the St. Cloud area, Cy Kuefler worked hard to promote his own business and to improve his profession. He believed in the power of education and played a significant role in elevating the educational and ethical standards within the real estate industry. His progressive vision included real estate programs in higher education and his efforts have had far-reaching and long-lasting benefits for real estate students, consumers and companies in Minnesota.
Jim Stanton is among the few who can take credit for shaping the terrain of a large metropolitan area. From Coon Rapids’ Riverdale Village in the north to Prior Lake’s Wilds Golf Course in the south, Stanton has developed more than 6,000 home sites in 28 different metro area cities. His numerous commercial and residential buildings dot the Minneapolis skyline. During his long career Stanton has made a significant contribution to the real estate industry through the projects he has completed and through his extraordinary service work with industry-related organizations.
The Nov. 6 induction program runs from 8-10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Robert Senkler, chairman and CEO of the Securian Financial Group. Senkler, who has been with Securian for more than 35 years, has served as chair of the Minnesota Business Partnership and was named Executive of the Year in 2006 by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.
The program is open to the public and the cost is $50. More information is available here.
The Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame now has 27 members. Previously named were:
- 2010: Tony Bernardi, Lloyd Engelsma, Gerald Rauenhorst, William Reiling, Jim Ryan and Sam Thorpe Sr.
- 2011: Robert Hoffman, Darrel Holt, Bernard Rice, Emma Rovick and five members of the Dayton family: Bruce and the late Douglas, Donald, Kenneth and Wallace.
- 2012: David Bekk, Robert Boblett Sr., Philip Smaby and Boyd Stofer.
- 2013: Leonard Bisanz, Helen Brooks, Thomas Crowley, M.A. Mortenson Sr. and Kenneth Stensby.