Analyzing Catholic Philosophy
2015 Annual ACPA Meeting
(8 October-October 11)

2015 Conference Mailing: Secretary's Letter

28 August 2015


Dear Members of the ACPA,

On behalf of the ACPA, I am pleased to invite all ACPA members to attend this year's Annual Conference, on "Analyzing Catholic Philosophy," to be held in Boston, from 8-11 October 2015.

          1. Annual Meeting on "Analyzing Catholic Philosophy," to be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, October 2015.

On behalf of the Association, I would like to thank Boston College for very generously hosting the event. I would also like to thank all those who submitted papers for the meeting, and especially the members of the Program Committee: Jeffrey Bloechl, Thomas Cavanaugh, Raymond Hain, Patrick Toner, and John Zeis.

The 2015 Annual Meeting will take place 8—11 October 2015, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

The reduced rate for ACPA members at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel is $219/night (One Bed) or $239/night (Two Beds), plus applicable local taxes. In order to reserve your room, please go to the ACPA website ( and then click the link ‘Register for Conference,’ which takes you to the ACPA page at the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC). Then click the link ‘Boston Park Plaza Hotel.’ This will take you to the Hotel’s room reservation page for the ACPA, where you will be able to reserve a room. You may also register by phone (1-800-225-2008), but it is easier to ensure you receive the ACPA reduced rate if you register online through the ACPA website and the PDC. There you will also be able to register for the conference, buy tickets for the Banquet and Women’s Saturday Luncheon, and pay your dues. 

Discounted prices for hotel registration are only good through 15 September 2015, 5 PM EST.

          2. Program for the Annual Conference

The Program for the Annual Conference is posted on the ACPA website. In order not to miss out on some very fine papers, we have again organized some ACPA Sponsored Satellite Sessions. You can find them in the program, along with the satellite sessions organized by groups allied with the ACPA. Just like last year, satellite sessions will begin at 10:00am on Friday, 9 October 2015 and extend through 11:00am on Sunday, 11 October 2015. So please make your airline reservations accordingly.

The traditional paper Program is sent to you by regular mail. Additional copies will be available at the Registration Table at the Conference. And here let me thank Pam Swope of the Philosophy Documentation Center, who does such a marvelous job in helping to set up our Conference.

           3. Election of ACPA Officers

The ACPA Constitution requires that the election of officers be done by paper ballot. This ballot must be mailed and it will be mailed to you soon. You will also be able to consult the brief biographies of candidates on the ACPA website. All constituent members of the Association (i.e., all members excluding institutional, library, associate, and student members) are eligible to vote. Please vote for one candidate for VP/President-Elect and for not more than five candidates for our Executive Council. Eligible voters should send their completed ballot to the National Office at the University of St. Thomas no later than 1 April 2016. Be sure to print and sign your name on the back of the envelope; without your name and signature your ballot will not be valid.

         4. Future ACPA Meetings

The 2016 meeting will be in San Francisco and hosted by University of San Francisco. The topic, as announced last June, will be "Justice: Then and Now" and our President will be Fr. Kevin Flannery S.J., Ordinary Professor of the History of Ancient Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University. For submission guidelines and more details, visit the ACPA's website.

          5. Hosts for 2017 and 2018

We are looking for volunteers to host the 2017 and 2018 meetings. If your university might be interested, please contact me at

          6. Reminder

If you have not done so, please be sure to pay your ACPA dues (dues notices were emailed to all members in June of this year). The timely payment of your dues will eliminate the need for reminder notices and thereby help to reduce the ACPA's overall costs. For more information, please go to the ACPA website or our page on the Philosophy Documentation Center website.

          7. Necrology

If you know of a member who has died during these past two years, then please send relevant details to me or to Pam Swope at the Philosophy Documentation Center.

I look forward to meeting you at the ACPA annual meeting in Boston.


Mirela Oliva

ACPA National Secretary

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Center for Thomistic Studies

University of St. Thomas (TX)

Houston, Texas