Featured Publications & Activities
23 Mar 2017 - "Pope Francis as Historian," First Things, www.firstthings.com
"...As a Christian of the twenty-first century, I applaud and pray success for the Holy Father's continuation of efforts by Lutherans, Catholics, and others who profess Jesus Christ to strive toward reunion in a spirit of prayerfulness and truth. I share, too, in the pope's concerns that Christian evangelization should safeguard and strengthen the world's richly diverse cultures.... But as an historian...I wince at the pope's historical formulations..." For more, click here.
Lent/Easter 2017 - Pilgrim: A Journal of Catholic Experience
This season, the quarterly web journal that Bronwen McShea founded and edits features essays by Mary R. Finnegan, Fr. Christopher Roberts, and Jeffrey Essmann; short stories by Tom Minder and Tara Munjee; and poetry by Conor Hodges, Michael French, Gabriella Petrillo, Michael Angel Martin, and Philip C. Kolin. To see their work and more of Pilgrim's content, please visit www.pilgrimjournal.com.
Fall 2016 - Review of John T. McGreevy's American Jesuits and the World (Princeton), in American Catholic Studies
"Nineteenth-century Jesuits -- easily caricatured for their exuberant neo-scholasticism, sentimental devotionalism, and ultramontanism -- are refreshingly humanized in this book's unexpected narrative. These same attributes, so in tension with cultural shifts in the post-revolutionary West, facilitated Jesuit resistance to extreme, ethnocentric forms of nationalism and fertilized new, transnational networks..." To read more, you need a subscription to this linked resource.
18 Aug 2016 - Paper presentation in Bruges, Belgium, "Not Quite a Saint: Historicizing Marie-Madeleine d'Aiguillon (1604-1675)"
Concluding a summer of research in Paris funded by a grant from the Western Society for French History, McShea presented a paper at the Sixteenth Century Society's annual meeting, on the theme "Not Quite a Saint: Historicizing Marie-Madeleine d’Aiguillon (1604-1675)." It was part of a panel, sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, on the theme "Writing Popular Histories of Early Modern Women: Opportunities and Challenges."
Fall 2015 - "Mater Dei," watercolor
Bronwen's painting (right) is inspired by a fresco (below) by Federico Zuccari (1542-1609). The fresco struck Bronwen with unusual force during a visit to Chiesa Sant'Ignazio in Rome. A bit hidden amidst the church's many sacred and artistic treasures, Zuccari's work depicts Mary the Mother of Christ at the moment of the angel's annunciation of the imminent Incarnation. Bronwen has added in the Holy Infant, with the Christmas season particularly in mind. To see more of Bronwen's artwork, click here.