The Texas Catholic Historical Society is an affiliated unit of the Texas Catholic Conference, and its board is composed of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Texas and the following Executive Council members:

Officers and Executive Council

Amanda Bresie, President

Matthew Butler, Vice-President and President-Elect

Claudia Anderson, Past President

Jennifer Carr Allmon, Secretary-Treasurer

Lisa May, Editor, Texas Catholic Historian

Christopher Wolfe, Editor, Catholic Southwest

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  • Speak at conferences
  • Organize presentations at conferences
  • Stay updated with Society events through our newsletter
  • Receive a subscription to the Catholic Southwest, published annually

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Annual TCHS meeting in El Paso March 3-4, 2023

The TCHS looks forward to gathering in El Paso during this year’s Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting. The Society will gather for Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral, a ten minute walk from the convention center, at 12:10 pm on Friday, March 3.

After Mass, the TCHS will hold its annual business meeting over lunch in one of the meeting rooms at the cathedral. Our hosts at the cathedral offered a tour of the cathedral as well. Use the link below to register now!

The Society also organized a conference panel. This panel will occur on Saturday, March 4, at 9 a.m. Please note this is different from our usual Friday morning slot.

The panel is titled “Nuestro Kennedy: The JFK Assassination in Mexican-American and Mexican Catholicism.” The first paper, by Gabriela Perez of the University of California at Los Angeles, is titled “Catholic Dimensions: John F. Kennedy Corridos as a Site of Mourning and Memory-Making among Mexican Americans in Texas.”

Next, Maggie Elmore of Sam Houston State University will present her work entitled “Presidential Martyr: How Kennedy’s Death Created New Political Realities for Mexican American Catholics.”

Finally, Matthew Butler of the University of Texas at Austin, who is also chairing the panel, will present his paper “‘History Bleeds Again’ Why Mexican Catholics Cried for JFK.”

It has been nearly 60 years since Kennedy’s assassination, and it continues to fascinate those who study politics, religion, and memory. Don’t miss this session!

To register for the conference, go to the TSHA website at . Attendees can register for the whole three day conference or pay for only the Saturday TCHS session. The TSHA has hotel rooms blocked at the Hotel Paso del Norte, and there are other hotels close to the El Paso Convention Center. We hope to see all members there.