Edward A. Pace

Edward Aloysius Pace (July 3, 1861 – April 26, 1938) was a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida. He was the first native Floridian to be ordained a diocesan priest.

Edward A. Pace
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Born(1861-07-03)July 3, 1861
Starke, Florida
DiedApril 26, 1938(1938-04-26) (aged 76)


Edward A. Pace was born in Starke, Florida on July 3, 1861.[1] He did his doctoral work in psychology in Germany with Wilhelm Wundt. He wrote his dissertation on Herbert Spencer and evolution.

Pace was extensively involved with the early development of The Catholic University of America. He was the first professor of psychology at CUA, and was the founding dean of its School of Philosophy. He held several administrative positions throughout his career, and was involved with many of the University's academic initiatives. He was one of the general editors of the edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia completed in 1914. In addition, Pace contributed to the founding of Trinity College, Washington, D.C.

In 1892 he became one of the first five psychologists elected to the American Psychological Association by its charter members. He was co-founder of the American Philosophical Association (1893), cofounder of the Catholic Philosophical Association (1926), co-founder and first editor of Catholic Educational Review (1911), cofounder and coeditor of the journal New Scholasticism (1926). Between 1907 and 1912 he was one of the leading editors of the fifteen-volume Catholic Encyclopedia. He was appointed by President Hoover to the National Advisory Committee on Education in 1926.[2]

Pace retired from CUA in 1935. He died at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 1938.[3] After his death, Monsignor Edward Pace High School was established in Opa Locka, Florida.


  1. ^ The Catholic Encyclopedia and its Makers. The Encyclopedia Press. 1917. p. 133. Retrieved September 27, 2021 – via archive.org.
  2. ^ Gillespie, C. Kevin (2001). Psychology and American Catholicism: From Confession to Therapy?. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company. pp. 32–33. ISBN 9780824518967. Retrieved September 27, 2021 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Msgr. E. A. Pace Dies in Hospital". Washington Evening Star. April 26, 1938. p. 8. Retrieved September 27, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.


  • Biographical Note and Finding Aid to his papers at The Catholic University of America.
  • William P. Braun, Monsignor Edward A. Pace: Educator and Philosopher (Unpublished diss., The Catholic University of America, 1969).
  • Charles A. Hart, ed., Aspects of the New Scholastic Philosophy: By the Associates and Former Pupils of Dr. Edward A. Pace, Vice Rector of the Catholic University of America (Benziger 1932).
  • Benedict Neenan, Thomas Verner Moore: Psychiatrist, educator and monk, at 64-69 (Paulist 2000).
  • C. Joseph Nuesse, The Catholic University of America: A centennial history (CUA Press 1990).
  • Thomas E. Woods, Jr., The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholic intellectuals and the progressive era (Columbia University Press 2004).
  • C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., Psychology and American Catholicism: From Confession to Therapy? (New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2001).

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