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Rose Thering papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Mss 0016
The Rose Thering papers consists of the professional and personal papers of Sister Rose Thering. The collection includes writings, correspondence, speeches, travel information, and subject files. Most of the material dates from Sister Rose Thering's time in New Jersey working for the Institute for Judaeo-Christian studies, and documents her teaching and scholarly activities, her work for the state of New Jersey in creating legislation for the teaching of the Holocaust, her international activism, and her travel to gives talks to a wide variety of audiences. The materials also demonstrate Sister Rose Thering's varied research interests in subject files within each series. In the addition, there is also a large variety of materials written by John. M. Oesterreicher. The collection has been arranged topically, and some material may overlap across series.

Dates

  • 1944-2005

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is currently being processed at the Msgr. William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center; some portions of the collection may be unavailable for research. Advance appointments are required for the use of archival materials.

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.

Extent

18 Linear Feet

Overview

Rose Elizabeth Thering was born on 9 August 1920, entered the Dominican sisterhood at 16 and later became a teacher. She was a lifelong activist dedicated to increasing tolerance and understanding between Christians and Jews, and her work had great impact, from legislation mandating the teaching of the Holocaust in New Jersey schools to documents created at the Second Vatican Council changing the relationship of the Catholic Church with Jewish people. Sister Rose Thering died 6 May 2006. The Rose Thering papers consists of the professional and personal papers of Sister Rose Thering. The collection includes writings, correspondence, speeches, travel information, and subject files.

Biographical / Historical

Rose Elizabeth Thering was born in Plain, Wisconsin on 9 August 1920, the sixth of 11 children. She entered the Dominican sisterhood in 1937 and later became a teacher. She received a bachelor's degree from the Dominican College in Racine in 1953, a master's degree from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul in 1957 and a doctorate at St. Louis University in 1961. Her doctoral dissertation was on anti-Semitism in Catholic texts, and she was a lifelong activist dedicated to increasing tolerance and understanding between Christians and Jews. Her work was referenced in deliberations for the Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, a document adopted at the Second Vatican Council that reversed the Roman Catholic Church's official position on relations with the Jewish religion and people, having a lasting affect on inter-faith relations.

Sister Rose Thering was a teacher at the Institute for Judeao-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University, continued to be an outspoken activist in favor of Judeao-Christian relations throughout her life, and received many awards for her work, including the Cardinal Bea Interfaith Award from the Anti-defamation League in 2004. She was instrumental in the creation of legislation in 1994 mandating that the Holocaust be taught in New Jersey schools. A documentary on her life, Sister Rose's Passion, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005. The Rose Thering Endowment for Jewish-Christian Studies, a scholarship for graduate students of education, was established at Seton Hall in 1992. Sister Rose Thering died 6 May 2006 in her home convent, The Siena Center of the Racine Dominicans in Wisconsin.

Sources: The New York Times

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated to the Archives and Special Collections Center via the Institute for Judeao-Christian Studies of Seton Hall University. Terms of accession unknown.

Existence and Location of Copies

Select items from this collection have been digitized. To view these items, click here.

Related Materials

John M. Osterreicher papers, 1920-2000, Mss 0053. The Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Walsh Library, Seton Hall University.

Edward H. Flannery papers, 1965-1996, Mss 0012. The Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Walsh Library, Seton Hall University.

Michael Wyschogrod papers, 1941-2002, Mss 0013. The Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Walsh Library, Seton Hall University.

Processing Information

Collection processed by and finding aid prepared by Eilish Harrinton, Farizeh Bedaiwai and Vanessa Guevara in 2009. Biographical information, scope and contents note, and administrative information added, HTML finding aid created by Tracy M. Jackson in 2013.
Title
Rose Thering papers, 1944-2005
Author
Collection processed by and finding aid prepared by Eilish Harrinton, Farizeh Bedaiwai and Vanessa Guevara
Date
2009
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Contact:
Archives, Walsh Library
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South Orange NJ 07079 US
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