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The Dr. Nicholas F. Mazza collection on the People of Hope, 1972-2005 (Bulk: 1982-1993)

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 0099

Scope and Contents

This collection dates from 1972-2005 and contains materials relating to the People of Hope charismatic covenant community, including documents on teachings and mission, correspondence, news clippings, newsletters, and yearbooks from Koinonia Academy. This collection will be useful to researchers interested in the People of Hope, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and charismatic covenant communities.

Dates

  • 2016

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William NoƩ 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 Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a spiritual movement within the Catholic Church that incorporates elements of Catholic practice with emphasis on a direct personal experience of God through the baptism with the Holy Spirit. One result of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has been the creation of charismatic covenant communities.

The People of Hope is a charismatic covenant community that formed in 1972 out of a community called the House of Prayer Experience. It was founded by Catholic priest Father James Ferry and stockbroker Robert Gallic. The community was originally centered in Convent Station, NJ but soon spread to other areas of the state, including a large community in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

The group faced controversy in the mid-1980s when People of Hope were accused of "cult-like" behavior and challenged over ties to a Michigan-based fundamentalist coalition, Sword of the Spirit. The Archdiocese refused to give the People of Hope official recognition as a Catholic group, and ordered the community to sever ties with Sword of the Spirit, which resulted in the resignation of a number of families from the group. The People of Hope have since undergone changes in leadership, and in 2006 Archbishop John J. Meyers officially recognized the community as a private association of the faithful.

Extent

2.13 Linear Feet (4 document cases; 1 A/V box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The People of Hope is a Catholic charismatic covenant community based in central New Jersey. It was founded in 1972 by Catholic priest Father James Ferry and stockbroker Robert Gallic. The group faced controversy in the mid-1980s due to alleged cult-like behavior and ties to a Michigan-based fundamentalist coalition, Sword of the Spirit. Materials in this collection date from 1972-2005 and include documents on teachings and mission, correspondence, news clippings, newsletters, and other materials relating to the People of Hope.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection is the gift of Nicholas Mazza to the Archives and Special Collections Center in 2015.
Title
The Nicholas Mazza collection on the People of Hope, 1972-2005 (Bulk: 1982-1993)
Status
Completed
Author
Brianna LoSardo, Amanda Mita
Date
22 March 2016
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US
973-761-9476