Academic Vice President Roger Fortin now can add the title historical author to his growing list of credentials. This fall he published his second book, Faith and Action: A History of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, 1821-1996, a 400-page retelling of the Church’s first 175 years.
“I’m a fan of the role religion has played in the development of U.S. society,” says Fortin, “and I realize how the archdiocese has played a very important role in the shaping of the Catholic church in the U.S. A lot of Catholics immigrated here and the church leaders became a powerful voice in the American church.”
Fortin, a history professor whose first work was a fictional novel, was given unfettered access to the Archdiocese’s archives by Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, who decided in 1996 that a new history of the church was warranted.
A secular publishing house was chosen because Pilarczyk “wanted it subjected to the same careful scrutiny as a historical writing about any moment in history,” says Fortin, who finished the book last year after four and a half years of research and writing. And if that’s not enough, he’s already back at work on a third book—a history of the University.