About this Issue
The remarkably productive scholar Father Peter Phan (Georgetown University) contributes our lead article dealing with the past, present, and future of Asian and Pacific Catholics in the United States. I am grateful for the personal learning experience this article was for me and warmly invite you to share the same positive experience.
Professor Anne Klejment (University of St. Thomas) in "'To Praise and to Teach': Paul Bussard and Early Liturgical Renewal" helps our understanding of the liturgical movement during the 1930s and early 1940s. Her rich presentation may add depth to some contemporary discussions, and suggests the usefulness of future research on local initiatives for liturgical renewal.
Professor Francis Ryan (Moravian College) makes an important contribution to Catholic and labor history with his article featuring Brother Elzear Alfred, F.S.C., and the La Salle College Civic and Social Congress. It's not just for Philadelphians, but they will find it especially interesting.
In our cover essay, Malachy McCarthy, archivist for the Claretians, offers readers a look at the ways in which people have expressed their devotions to Saint Jude, Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes. Full explanations of all the cover photos are found at the end of this helpful essay on page 119.
Our ten book reviews offer a wide range of subjects and the collection of dissertation abstracts shares the latest scholarship coming from some universities that may surprise you.
American Catholic Studies, the oldest Catholic scholarly journal in the U.S., has had a great year in the refereed competition of the Catholic Press Association; winning six awards (see details after the Table of Contents). We both thank and praise our award-winning authors. We are also pleased to announce that Professor Paula Kane (University of Pittsburgh) has graciously agreed to join our Committee on Publication.
Rodger Van Allen, Co-editor