CCHA Historical Studies, 61 (1995), 6-8



List of Contributors



Robert Carney is a professor emeritus in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta where he served as chair and professor prior to retiring in 1994.

     He was previously chief superintendent of schools in the Northwest Terri­tories and deputy minister of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Wildlife, Government of Alberta. He has strong research interests in north­ern history, multicultural education and the history of Canadian education.

Michael Cottrell received a B.A. and M.A. from the National University of Ireland and a Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan. His published work has focussed on nineteenth-century Irish immigration to Ontario and he is currently working on Irish settlement in Saskatchewan. He has taught History at St. Thomas More College and for the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan and currently teaches History and Native Studies for the Indian Teacher Education Program at the University of Sas­katchewan.

Duff Crerar completed his doctorate in history at Queen’s University, and teaches undergraduate history at Grand Prairie Regional College in Alberta. He earned a M.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Education from Queen's University. He is author of Padres in No Man's Land: Canadian Military Chaplains and the Great War which will be released by McGill-Queen's University Press in early 1995.

Dr. Terence J. Fay is a Jesuit priest who has co-edited Spiritual Roots: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto at 150 Years of Age (1991) and was research director for five and a half years of the Dictionary of Jesuits in Canada (1991). He is currently the President General of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association and editor of its Bulletin. He is currently teaching at the Toronto School of Theology for St. Augustine’s Seminary. He has published articles and reviews in scholarly journals in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Elizabeth W. McGahan received her Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick and is a part-time lecturer at UNB -Saint John. She is the author of The Port of Saint John, 1867-1927 (Ottawa/Saint John, 1982) and Whis­pers from the Past: Selections from the writings of New Brunswick women (Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 1986). Dr. McGahan is currently the President of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies.


Sister Mary Olga McKenna is professor emeritus, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, she attended Kensington High School and the Prince of Wales Col­lege and Normal School in Charlottetown. She holds a B. A. degree from Mount Saint Vincent, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Boston College, and an Associateship in Education from the Univer­sity of London’s Institute of Education. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1990.

     Sister Mary Olga has been a professed member of the Sisters of Char­ity, Halifax since 1939. She taught in parochial and public schools in the United States and Canada before she joined the faculty of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax where she taught history and philosophy of education for twenty-two years. She is currently a member of several national and international associations including the American History of Women Religious Conference, the Canadian Catholic Historical Associa­tion and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education.

     Since retiring from teaching in 1986, Sister Olga has been engaged in full-time research. A biography entitled Micmac By Choice: Elsie Sark - an Island Legend was published in 1990. She was Guest Editor of the 1993 Spring Edition of the University of Prince Edward Island's journal Abeg­weit Review on “The Mi’ Kmaq.” Presently, she is writing the history of the Sisters of Charity through three decades of great social change in the world-at-large and in the church following Vatican II. The completed project “Women Witnessing to Love: the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Halifax, 1950-1980” will be an up-date of the congregation’s his­tory authored by Sister Maura Power and published by the Ryerson Press in 1956.

Vincent J. McNally is currently associate professor of historical studies at the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner, Wisconsin. He com­pleted a Ph.D. in church history at the University of Dublin, Trinity Col­lege. McNally has published articles in the Canadian Catholic Historical Association Historical Studies, Journal of Church and State, Catholic His­torical Review and Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society. His work on Archbishop Troy is available in the book entitled, Reform, Revo­lution and Reaction: Archbishop John Thomas Troy and the Catholic Church in Ireland, 1787-1817 (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1995). McNally is now researching a history of the Oblates in western Canada in the nineteenth century.

Alexander Reford has been Dean of Men at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto since 1987. A graduate of the University of Toronto and of Oxford University, he is completing his doctoral thesis on the his­tory of St. Michael’s College. He has published several biographies in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Volume XII, 1901-1910.

Margaret F. Sanche is archivist/historian of St. Thomas More College (STM) at the University of Saskatchewan and director of the Anglin Col­lection of Canadian Catholic Church History. She is the author of Heart­wood: A History of St. Thomas More College and Newman Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, published in 1986. She completed her M.A. in history at the University of Saskatchewan in 1989 with her thesis, “Tree of Eden, Tower of Babel: The Controversy over the Establishment of St. Tho­mas More College at the University of Saskatchewan 1913-1936.” She cur­rently serves as archivist of the Diocese of Saskatoon and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, St. Mary’s Province, in addition to her work at STM.