Paula Kane to deliver 2016 Puff lecture

Paula KaneIn 1921, a pious woman from a respectable Irish immigrant family in New York City found herself suddenly suffering the wounds of the crucified Jesus. She entered a convent, became paralyzed, and remained there for the rest of her life. She was examined by numerous doctors and priests, who disagreed about whether she was a genuine mystic or a fraud. Upon her death, her admirers campaigned to have her declared the first American saint. That effort failed. Yet it draws us to consider the odd presence of medieval mystical expressions in Jazz Age Manhattan and their possible meanings for Catholic America.

This will be the subject of the 2016 Puff memorial lecture, delivered by Dr. Paula M. Kane, a professor of religious studies who holds the John and Lucine O'Brien Marous Chair of Contemporary Catholic Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. This free event is open to the public.

March 16 (Wednesday)
4:00 p.m.
32 Shideler Hall

The Edward A. Puff Sr. and Edith Kottmyer Puff Memorial Lecture in the Study of Christianity was endowed in 1986 by Rev. Edward A. Puff Jr., of Dayton, and his brother, Harold F. Puff, emeritus professor of management at Miami University. The memorial lecture is named for Edward and Harold's parents, in gratitude for the sacrifices they made that enabled the brothers to attend Miami during the Depression years.