Marquette University News Release

Expert on Catholicism in Ireland named 2013 Wade Chair

September 20, 2013

Rev. Oliver Rafferty, S.J., has been named Marquette University’s 2013 Rev. Francis C. Wade Chair for the fall semester. He will deliver the autumn 2013 Wade Public Lecture, “Ireland, the Catholic Church, and the British Empire 1800-1921,” Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Beaumier Suites, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Originally from Ireland, Father Rafferty earned his doctorate at Oxford University in the United Kingdom and teaches history at University of London’s Heythrop College. He will spend the 2013 fall semester at Marquette University teaching a graduate reading course called “Readings in Irish History: 1800-1870.”

A widely published professor, Father Rafferty’s research interests include the history of Irish Christianity; nineteenth and twentieth century British and Irish history, especially the relationship between church and state; the history of Catholicism in Ireland from the sixteenth century to the present; revolutionary violence and the development of militant Irish nationalism; and nineteenth and twentieth century church history.

About the Rev. Francis C. Wade Chair
The Rev. Francis C. Wade Chair was established in 1988 to honor Rev. Francis C. Wade, S.J., a member of the Marquette Jesuit community and Department of Philosophy for more than 40 years. As a well-published, student-oriented scholar, he received the university’s Père Marquette Award for Teaching Excellence in 1970. In 1988, the university received a gift from the Marquette Jesuit Community endowing a chair named in his honor in recognition of his contribution to both the university and Jesuit community.


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