Dr. Angelyn Dries, OSF, professor emerita at the Saint Louis University Department of Theological Studies, is the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Missiology (ASM). Sr. Angelyn was recognized by the Society for her contributions as a historian of North American Roman Catholic missions. In the award presentation, she was acknowledged for her many works, including the histories of the Maryknoll movement, Catholic women missioners, North American religious, and spiritual practices among North American Catholics.
In presenting the award, Professor Dana Robert noted that, “One of the most important features of Angie’s work is that it bridges missiological and historical concerns. It grounds North American Roman Catholic mission practices in the wider history of global Catholicism.” In addition to teaching, writing and her career as a professor, Sr. Angelyn has served as president of the American Society of Missiology and the American Catholic Historical Association, and she chaired the American Society of Missiology Series from 1999 to 2011.
Professor Robert concluded her remarks by stating: “Although there is much more to be said about Dr. Dries, I would be remiss if I did not mention her sunny and generous personality, and her all-around reliability and competence.” In accepting the Society’s highest award, Sr. Angelyn noted that, “My academic and personal life would not have been the same without the people I have come to know and treasure through ASM.”
Sr. Angelyn’s latest contribution to the study of religious missions and their methods and purpose was published in June 2021. She authored a chapter in the “Cambridge Companion to American Catholicism” entitled “American Catholics in a Global Context.” Published by Cambridge University Press, it is available through such book sellers as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.