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Devotion, Artistry, and the Cult of St. Joseph: A Symposium, New Orleans
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Devotion, Artistry, and the Cult of St. Joseph: A Symposium, New Orleans

Interest in and devotion to St. Joseph the Carpenter—the Virgin Mary’s husband and Jesus’s foster-father—has been present among Christians since the earliest centuries of the Common Era. Three academic institutions—Xavier University of Louisiana, Cabrini University, and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College (City University of New York)—have collaborated to organize the symposium “Devotion, Artistry, and the Cult of St. Joseph.” The symposium will be held March 20–21, 2020 at Xavier University’s Administration Building Auditorium (on 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans).

This unique event examines the patron saint of workers, sickness, and even a happy death from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Special emphasis will be given to how devotees of St. Joseph—in particular Italian Americans and African Americans—have artistically expressed their intimate connection to this wonder worker. Participants include scholars and New Orleans community members who will discuss the rich devotion and creativity for this holy figure.

Free and open to the public.
Cosponsored by the Institute for Black Catholic Studies and the Division of the Fine Arts and Humanities at Xavier University.
For information contact Nicole Blunt at Tel: (504) 520-7664

Program subject to change.

Friday, March 20th


Welcoming remarks


“Baking is a Form of Worship”: Saint Joseph’s Day Bread and the Sacred Alchemy of the Oven
Sara Jane Bell (Vance-Granville Community College)


Sicilian St. Joseph’s Tables and Political Advocacy in Southern California
Luisa Del Giudice (Independent Scholar)


Migration, Caritas and Pan Italian American St. Joseph Celebrations in Rural Western New York
Karen Park Canning (GLOW Traditions) and Christine Zinni (College of Brockport SUNY)

11:30–11:45AM BREAK


“This is How We Do It:” Living Diaspora in Sicily and Texas
Circe Sturm (The University of Texas at Austin)


The Transnational Tavola: Performance and Consumerism of Recent Sicilian Immigrants’ St. Joseph Altars in New York City
Joseph Sciorra (Queens College)

12:45–2:30PM LUNCH


From Masked Balls to Altars: St. Joseph’s Day Celebrations in New Orleans
Laura Guccione (Independent Scholar)


A Different Man of (Different) Labor: St. Joseph and Vernacular Hagiology in New Orleans
Stephen C. Wehmeyer (Champlain College)


Pangadto Kang Jose: The Iconography and Cult of Saint Joseph in the Philippines
Honey Libertine Achanzar-Labor (University of the Philippines Manila)

4–4:15PM BREAK


A Stepfathers Legacy and Legend: St. Joseph, the Stepfather Role Model for the Modern World?
Michele Meservie Montecalvo (St. Francis College)


Paternas Vices and Saint Joseph in Eucharistic Prayers after Vatican II
Trevor B. Williams (Villanova University)


“How To Bury the St. Joseph Statue”: Vernacular Devotions, Commercial Expedience, and the Tradition of the Patron Saint of Real Estate Post-Vatican II
Leonard Norman Primiano (Cabrini University)

Saturday, March 21


Welcoming remarks


Community Voices, Local Knowledge                           

Sandra Scalise Juneau with Kay Turner (New York University)


Donald Harrison, Cherice Harrison-Nelsom, Big Chief Tyrone
Casby, and Arthel Neville with Nick Spitzer (Tulane University)

End of symposium


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