Edward H. Flannery papers
Scope and Contents
The Edward H. Flannery papers is a collection of the professional papers and interests of Edward H. Flannery. Included are papers on issues within the Catholic Church along with Jewish-Christian relations. The Holocaust, Anti-Semitism, Israel and various conferences on the topic of communication between Christians and Jews demonstrate the importance the latter of the two in his work. The majority of the papers are articles are those collected by Father Flannery over a thirty year period, but a small number of articles written by him are included in Series II. The area of religion and science of interest to Father Flannery, this curiosity is demonstrated in Series XIV of the collection.
- Creation: 1964-1996
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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
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, on August 20, 1912, Edward H. Flannery was ordained priest for the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island in 1937. Father Flannery earned a bachelor's degree in the Seminary of Saint Sulpice in Paris, and a master's degree at Catholic University. He received the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Hebrew Union College. Father Flannery is the author of Anguish of the Jews: Twenty-three Centuries of Anti-Semitism. He received the Benemerenti Medal from Pope Paul VI, as well as numerous awards and citations from the National Conference of Christians and Jews and other organizations. In conferring him the Isaiah award, the American Jewish Committee described Father Flannery as a "distinguished priest, fighter for justice, friend of Jewish people, and servant of humanity. He epitomizes the injunction of the prophet
Learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed." (Isaiah 1:17)
Father Flannery served as associate director of the Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University (1965-67) and editor of the Providence Visitor, among other posts. For ten years (1967-77), he served as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat for Catholic-Jewish Relations of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Later he became director of the Diocesan of Providence Office of Continuing Education of the Clergy in the Diocese of Providence (1976-86). Father Flannery was president of the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel (1985-88). He died at the age of 86 on October 19, 1998.
6.5 Linear Feet (, Approximately 700 items)
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Born in Providence, Rhode Island, on August 20, 1912, Edward H. Flannery was ordained priest for the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island in 1937. Father Flannery served as associate director of the Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University (1965-67) and was president of the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel (1985-88). The Edward H. Flannery papers is a collection of the professional papers and interests of Edward H. Flannery. Included are papers on issues within the Catholic Church along with Jewish-Christian relations.
The papers are arranged into 14 series:
- I. Anti-Semitism, 1972-1989
- II. Articles and papers by Father Flannery, 1971-1987
- III. Awards, 1965-1984
- IV. Charismatic, 1975-1981
- V. Church issues, 1976-1991
- VI. Holocaust, 1976-1989
- VII. Israel, 1976-1987
- VIII. Jewish-Christian relations, 1973-1989
- IX. Judaism, 1964-1986
- X. Middle East, 1974-1989
- XI. Correspondence and expenses, 1976-1991
- XII. National Christian Leadership Conference of Israel, 1982-1988
- XIII. National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1976-1986
- XIV. Science, 1981-1989
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection is the gift of Father Edward Flannery to the Archives and Special Collections Center via Father Lawrence Frizzell of the Center for Jewish-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University. Terms of accession unknown.
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Sister Caroline Mbonu, HHCJ, and Andrew J. Summey, October 2002-June 2006; collection and finding aid reformatted, Meredith Ahlgren, 2007.
- Edward H. Flannery papers, 1965-1996
- Finding aid prepared by Meredith Ahlgren and Andrew H. Summey, revised July 2012 by Tracy M. Jackson.
- 2007, 2012
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