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Msgr. Carl Hinrichsen papers, 1853-2015 (Bulk: 1953-2015)

Identifier: ADN 0004-012

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials dating from 1853 to 2015 (bulk: 1953 to 2015) documenting Msgr. Hinrichsen’s work in the Archdiocese of Newark. It comprises primarily homilies and notes, but also includes subject files, materials relating to his doctoral thesis on the history of the Archdiocese of Newark, and a small amount of booklets and ephemera. This collection will be of interest to researchers studying Msgr. Hinrichsen’s life and work, the parishes where he served, and the history of the Archdiocese of Newark.


  • 1853-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1953 - 2015

Conditions Governing Access

Temporarily closed to research.

Biographical / Historical

Msgr. Carl Hinrichsen (1921-2016) was born in Newark in 1921. He attended St. Benedict’s Prep and then Princeton University, graduating in 1943 with a degree in economics. He entered the U.S. Army immediately after graduation. After completing officer training, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and sent to the University of Missouri to study German. In 1945 he was stationed at Siapan, Okinawa. He served in the Pacific Theater until 1946, when he returned home as a first lieutenant and was discharged.

Upon his return he went to work in the insurance industry, but in 1950 he was called to a vocation and entered Immaculate Conception Seminary. He was ordained in 1955 by Archbishop Thomas A. Boland in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Newark. He was assigned to St. Leo’s, Irvington, then returned to his studies in 1957 when he enrolled at the Catholic University of America. He completed his doctorate there in 1960, writing his doctoral dissertation on the history of the Archdiocese of Newark. He was then assigned to Immaculate Conception Seminary, where he taught church history from 1961 to 1972.

Throughout his career Msgr. Hinrichsen served in a number of parishes, including St. Catherine’s, Glen Rock; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Ridgewood; and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Maplewood. His longest tenure was at Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes, where he served as pastor from 1977 until his retirement in 1994. While there he was active in fundraising and the construction of a new church building. He spent his retirement at Our Lady of Mercy in Park Ridge, where he continued to be active in parish life.


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This collection contains materials dating from 1853 to 2015 documenting the work and research of Msgr. Carl Hinrichsen, who served in various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Newark, taught church history at Immaculate Conception Seminary, and wrote a doctoral dissertation on the history of the Archdiocese. The collection comprises mainly homilies and notes, and also includes subject files, materials relating to his dissertation, and ephemera.


The collection is arranged into four series:

I. Homilies, homily resources, and notes

II. Subject files

III. Dissertation materials

IV. Booklets and ephemera

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was the gift of Hugh Ames to the Archives & Special Collections Center in 2017. The dissertation materials were donated by Msgr. Carl Hinrichsen at an unknown date.

Related Materials

Msgr. Carl Hinrichsen papers, 1853-2015 (Bulk: 1953-2015)
Brianna LoSardo, Jacquelyn Deppe
14 February 2018
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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

Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US