The American Catholic Historical Society will host a presentation on how athletics programs have shaped the intellectual outlook of Philadelphia-area Catholics.

Ryan J. Halloran, a doctoral candidate in religion at Temple University, will present “Neo-Thomism on the Team: Msgr. John Bonner, Athletics, and Catholic Education in Philadelphia” on Sunday, May 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the historical society, located at 263 South Fourth Street in Philadelphia.

Halloran’s research focuses on the field of religion and sports, and his dissertation explores the history of athletics among Philadelphia-area Catholic schools and their organization in the Catholic League. In his talk, Halloran will discuss how Msgr. John J. Bonner used athletic programs to cultivate neo-Thomistic values among Catholic school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. According to his research, Halloran asserts that athletic programs were more crucial to shaping a Catholic intellectual outlook than previously recognized.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, contact Nicholas Rademacher at or visit the event registration link.