Vicar for Religious of the Archdiocese of Newark records
Scope and Contents
The dates covered by this collection span between the 1930's and the 1970's, with the bulk appearing to document the 1950's through the 60's. The contents of this collection are almost entirely correspondence between members of religious orders and the Archbishop. The Vicar/Delegate for the Religious clearly handled an immense bulk of any matters pertaining to the religious orders of the diocesan. Some subjects covered in the correspondence include contracts for religious school teachers, invitations to ceremonies, requests from members of the religious order to make changes to their wills, updates on Foundress' canonization processes, and letters from individual nuns who have concerns regarding their Order's practices. This collection could serve to provide unique information about the works, progress, and struggles of the (primarily women's) religious orders of the Archdiocese of Newark during the mid-1900's. In addition, it illustrates the organizational command of the Archdiocese, as the correspondence documents which matters were felt necessary to be brought to the attention of the Archbishop.
The collection appears to be arranged in two large groups chronologically by Archbishop or by Auxilliary Bishop/Vicar; the first group (Boxes 1-8) appears to be primarily from Archbishop Walsh's tenure and the second group (Boxes 9-13) under Archbishop Boland, assisted by Bishops McNulty and McCarthy. The files are then arranged alphabetically by the name of the order, then by individual chapter or by the name of an individual sister. In the second group of files, this order is not consistent.
- Majority of material found within 1950 - 1960
Conditions Governing Access
Temporarily closed to research.
Conditions Governing Use
All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.
Biographical / Historical
The Vicar for Religious, now known as the Delegate for Religious, is a position of service within the Archdiocese of Newark. The Vicar/Delegate's main responsibility is to serve as the liaison between the Archbishop and the religious orders of the diocese. The position was historically held by a diocesan clergy member, however in more recent time, it has been held by a Sister of the diocese.
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Language of Materials
The Vicar for Religious, historically a member of the clergy or a member of a religious order, serves as the liaison between the Archbishop and the religious orders of the diocese. The Vicar for Religious of the Archdiocese of Newark records primarily consists of correspondence between members of religious orders, primarily the womens' religious orders, and the Archbishop, via the Vicar. The correspondence covers topics including contracts, ceremonies, practices of the religious orders, canonization of the founders of some orders, and other matters.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials were transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Center from the Chancery of the Archdiocese of Newark in 1990. Terms of accession unknown.
Finding aid and basic collection description created in 2013 by Lori Lauterbach and Tracy M. Jackson as part of the Overhaul Project collection survey.
- Vicar for Religious of the Archdiocese of Newark records, 1930-1974 (bulk 1950-1960)
- Lori Lauterbach, Tracy M. Jackson
- January 2013
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- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository
Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US