2017 CLA Convention With Special Events


We are excited to announce our lineup of CLA Sessions at the 2017 CLA Convention in conjunction with NCEA. Click here to view the sessions and don’t forget to sign up for the CLA Special Events – Opening Awards Dinner & Regina Medal Luncheon. Registration is Open!

2017 CLA Election


Click here to view the candidate information for the 2017 CLA Election. Ballots will be sent out soon to current members only.

In Memoriam - Rev. Eugene M. Rooney, S.J.


Rev. Eugene Rooney, S.J.Longtime CLA member and volunteer, Father Eugene “Gene” Rooney died June 22, 2016 at Manresa Jesuit Community, Merion Station, Pa. Born November 29, 1926, he entered the Jesuits in 1944, and was ordained a priest in 1957.

Father Rooney’s ministry and career as teacher, librarian, chaplain and retreat director oscillated between Philadelphia, Scranton, Washington and Baltimore in the U.S. and various cities in Chile and Uruguay in South America.

It was during his time as librarian and coordinator of communications at Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University (1986-1994) that Father Rooney was a volunteer indexer for The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index. He primarily indexed Vatican serials and documents, most of which were in Latin. Upon his 1994 assignment to South America, he persuaded his successor at Woodstock to continue indexing for CPLI.

In addition to CPLI indexing, Father Rooney was a published author in Catholic Library World.

Known to his friends as “Gene” and to his family as “Bud” his email communications from Chile would keep friends and family informed about his travels to Jesuit libraries and archives where he’d serve as consultant. He was also responsible for planning repairs to a Jesuit archives following one of the Chilean earthquakes. Father Rooney’s Irish humor was evident in his communications, which usually included a witty cartoon character or two.

A faithful CLA member, Father Rooney’s membership payment arrived each year, even from South America. To reunite with family and CLA colleagues, he tried to plan his home visits to coincide with the year the NCEA/CLA convention would be held in Baltimore. In 2007 he offered a reflection during CLA’s Inaugural Prayer Breakfast.

2017 Aggiornamento Award Winner - Fr. Patrick Martin


Fr. Patrick MartinThe Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Fr. Patrick Martin as the 2017 Aggiornamento Award Recipient. Father Patrick A. Martin is a missionary priest who has been traveling the world for 30 years, spreading the word about human suffering. He was born in Maine, the 17th in a family of 22 children. He was struck by meningitis at the age of nine, losing his sight, his memory, and his ability to walk. With a lot of help, he relearned what he had lost and regained the use of his legs, but still only has pinpoint vision. In 1969 he first learned of the resources that were available for blind people. He went to the library and started reading recorded books. Eventually he earned a degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Library Science. Father Pat now visits parishes all over the world and presents Parish Mission Programs, many of which are recorded live as they are given and are available to everyone on the internet. The Award will be presented to Fr. Martin at the 2017 CLA Convention in conjunction with the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo being held April 18-20, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.

2017 Jerome Award Winner - Dr. Massimo Faggioli


Dr. Massimo FaggioliThe Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Dr. Massimo Faggioli as the 2017 St. Jerome Award Recipient. A relatively young scholar, Dr. Faggioli, currently a Professor at Villanova University, has already contributed much to Catholic theology. A Church historian, he had dedicated his work to placing major Church figures, movements, and events in their proper historical context. His recent work focuses on the relationship between Catholics and politics and he was the founding Director of the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. The Award will be presented to Faggioli at the 2017 CLA Convention in conjunction with the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo being held April 18-20, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.

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Catholic Library World, ISSN 0008-820X, is the official journal of the Catholic Library Association and is published quarterly in September, December, March and June.
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