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Awards and Fellows

Award Recipients and Fellows of the Texas Catholic Historical Society

Nominations for annual awards may be submitted to tchs@txcatholic.org. 

Carlos E. Castañeda Award - Created in 1987 to honor those who have given outstand service to the Society through the years. Castañeda, a boderlands and Catholic historian, librarian and history professor at the University of Texas, had his opus magnum, Our Catholic Heritage in Texas published through the Society. 

Recipient Year 
Bro. William Dunn, C.S.C. 1987

Dr. Joseph Sprug

Amendes Honorables:

Sr. Generosa Callahan, C.D.P.

Bro. Joseph Schmitz, S.M., posthumously

L. Tuffly Ellis 1989
Bro. Richard Daly, C.S.C. 1994
Dr. Patrick Foley 1995
Kinga Perzynska 1996
Dr. Jesús F. de la Teja 1997
Most Rev. John E. McCarthy 1998
Dr. Thomas W. Jodziewicz 1999
Dr. Roy R. Barkley 2000
Hugh Miller 2001
Fr. Robert E. Wright, O.M.I. 2002
E. Victor Niemeyer, Jr. 2003
Texas State Council, Knights of Columbus 2004
Dr. José Roberto Juarez 2005
Dr. Félix Almaráz 2007
Bro. Richard Daly, C.S.C. 2008
Susan Eason 2011
Richard Fossey 2013
Amanda Bresie 2015
Eric J. Hartmann 2019
Sister Madeleine Grace, CVI 2020
Helen Osman 2021
Claudia Anderson 2022
Gilberto Quezada 2023
Gabby Pérez 2024

Most Rev. Laurence J. FitzSimon Award - Award for extraordinary pastoral services and professional excellence as an archivist of the Catholic Church of Texas. Created in 1989 and named after the Most Rev. Laurence J. FitzSimon of the Diocese of Amarillo and early custodian of the Catholic Archives of Texas. 

Recipient Year

Sr. Nellie Rooney, O.S.F., Diocese of Amarillo

Sr. Gertrude Cook, M.S.A.A., Archdiocese of San Antonio


Lisa May, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Steve Landregan, Diocese of Dallas

Bro. Ed Loch, Archdiocese of San Antonio

Most Rev. John E. McCarthy, Diocese of Austin 2016
Eric J. Hartmann, Catholic Archives of Texas 2017

Archivists of the Archdiocese and Dioceses affected by Hurricane Harvey:

Lisa May, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Janet Fontenette, Diocese of Austin

Sr. Ester Dunegan, Diocese of Beaumont

Dr. Patricia Roeser, Diocese of Corpus Christi

Fr. Gary Janak, Diocese of Victoria

Dr. Marian Barber, Catholic Archives of Texas 2019
Selena Aleman, Catholic Archives of Texas 2022
Brian Stauffer, Texas General Land Office 2024

Rev. Paul J. Foik, C.S.C. Award - Established on April 4, 1977 by vote of the Executive Council, and given to the author of the most important recent publication relating to the Catholic history of the Southwest. Rev. Foik founded the Society, chaired the Texas Knights of Columbus Historical Commission, served on the Texas Centennial committee, a founder of the Catholic Library Association, and librarian at the University of Notre Dame and St. Edward's University. 

Recipient Year
Rev. Msgr. Anton Frank and Rev. Msgr. William H. Oberste for their work on Our Catholic Heritage in Texas. 1978
Most Rev. John E. McCarthy 1979
Mr. José Cisneros for his interpretation of the borderlands through fine art.
Dr. Karl Schmitt for his contributions to Texas Catholic history. 1984
Sr. Sheila Hackett, O.P. for Dominican Women in Texas: From Ohio to Galveston and Beyond. 1987

Rev. Bernard Doyon, O.M.I. for The Cavalry of Christ on the Rio Grande, 1849-1883.

Bro. William Dunn, C.S.C. for Knights of Columbus in Texas, 1902-1977 and St. Edward’s University: A Centennial History.

Sr. M. Loyola Hegarty, C.C.V.I. for Serving with Gladness: The Origin and History of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas.

James T. Moore for Through Fire and Flood: The Catholic Church in Frontier Texas, 1836-1900.
Gilberto M. Hinojosa for co-editing Mexican Americans and the Catholic Church, 1900-1965.
Timothy Matovina for Tejano Religion and Ethnicity: San Antonio, 1821-1860.
Margaret Patrice SlatteryC.C.V.I. for Promises to Keep: A History of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas.
Jesús F. de la Teja for editing Preparing the Way: Preliminary Studies of the Texas Catholic Historical Society.
Félix Almaráz for Knight Without Armor: Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, 1896-1958.
Timothy Matovina and Gerald E. Poyo for editing ¡Presente! U.S. Latino Catholics from Colonial Origins to the Present.

Donald Mace Williams for Italian POW’s and a Texas Church: The Murals of St. Mary’s.

Diocese of Amarillo honorable mention for The Journey of the Diocese of Amarillo:75 Years on the Llano Estacado.

Jacinto Quirarte for The Art and Architecture of the Texas Missions. 2003
María F. Rollin for editing Fighting Padre of Zapata: Fr. Edward Bastien and the Falcon Dam Project. 2004
Most Rev. Leroy T. Matthiesen for Wise and Otherwise: The Life and Times of a Cotton-picking Texas Bishop. 2005
Timothy Matovina for Guadalupe and Her Faithful: Latino Catholics in San Antonio from Colonial Origins to the Present. 2006
Gloria Fraser Giffords for Sanctuaries of Earth, Stone, and Light: The Churches of Northern New Spain, 1530-1821. 2008
Roberto Treviño and Dr. Richard Francaviglia for co-editing Catholicism in the American West: A Rosary of Hidden Voices.
Marilyn H. Fedewa for Maria de Ágreda: Mystical Lady in Blue.
Christine Morkovsky, CDP for Living in God’s Providence: History of the Congregation of Divine Providence of San Antonio, 1943-2000.
Alan J. Watt for Farm Workers and the Churches: The Movement in California and Texas.
Timothy Matovina for Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church.
Patrick Foley for Missionary Bishop: Jean Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans.
John C. Pinheiro for Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War. 2015
Julia G. Young for Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War. 2017
Brett Hendrickson for The Healing Power of the Santuario de Chimayó: America’s Miraculous Church, NYU Press, 2017. 2019
Peter Guardino for The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War. 2020
Mark Newman for The Catholic Church in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston and Desegregation, 1945-1984. 2021
Michael J. Pfeifer for The Making of American Catholicism: Regional Culture and the Catholic Experience. 2022
Gracjan Krazewski for Catholic Confederates: Faith and Duty in the Civil War South.
Best publication on colonial Catholic history: Fr. Bob Wright for Indigenous Autonomy at La Junta de los Rios
Best publication on modern Catholic history: Amanda Bresie for Veiled Leadership

Patrick Foley Award - Award for the best article in the annual Catholic Southwest journal. Created in 1999 as the Robert S. Weddle Article Manuscript Award. Patrick Foley served as the first editor for the Catholic Southwest.

Recipient Year
Susan Anderson Kerr and Christopher LeCluyse for European Iconography on the Texas Frontier: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Austin 2007
Ralph Frasca for The Press and the San Patricios during the Mexican-American War:  Martyred Catholics or Traitorous Deserters? 2008
Charles R. Porter for Queretero in Focus: The Franciscan Missionary Colleges and the Texas Missions
Donald R. Baucom for Thomas Merton and the Southwest 2010
Christina Cruz González for Our Lady of Pueblito: A Marian Devotion on the Northern Frontier  2013
Rev. Robert Wright for The Virgin of San Juan Juan del Valle: Shifting Perceptions in the Borderlands
Thomas W. Jodziewicz for Sr. Blandina, Fr. Bakanownski and the Significance of Germs on the Frontier 2015
R. Eric Platt for Prudence and Intransigence: Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel and the Prelude Catholic Education Integration in Southeastern Louisiana 2016
David J. Endres for Judge Leander Perez and the Franciscans of Our Lady of Good Harbor: A School Integration Battle in Buras, Louisiana, 1962-1965 2017
Julia Young for Creating Catholic Utopias: Transnational Catholic Activism and Mexico’s Unión Nacional Sinarquista 2019
Claudia Anderson for Seeking Solace: Lyndon B. Johnson Turned to the Catholic Church
Amanda Bresie for Contested Communities: The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in the Southwest 2021
Matthew Butler for Montezuma’s Children: Seminary Exiles and the Transformation of Catholicism in Postrevolutionary Mexico, 1937-1965 2022
Karl Kuykendall for The Role of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in the Evolution of Healthcare in Central Texas 2023
Maggie Elmore for Presidential Martyr: How Kennedy’s Death Created New Political Possibilities for Mexican American Catholics

Texas Catholic Historical Society Fellows - Fellowships are awarded to members who have distinguished themselves by service to the Catholic History of Texas.

Recipient Year

Dr. Félix Almaráz

Dr. L. Tuffly Ellis

Sr. Dolores Kasner. O.P.

Most Rev. John E. McCarthy

Dr. Karl M. Schmitt

Bro. William Dunn, C.S.C. 1989
Dr. Patrick Foley 1990
Bro. William Dunn, C.S.C. 1997
Rev. James T. Moore 2001
Dr. Jesús F. de la Teja 2002
Thomas W. Jodziewicz 2004
Rev. James Vanderholt 2016

Dr. Gilbert Cruz (posthumously)

Dr. Gilbert Hinojosa


Steve Landregan (posthumously)

Dr. Richard Fossey

Sr. Madeleine Grace, CVI 2021