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Walter Jarvais papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ADN 0004-019

Scope and Contents

The collection has been divided into eight series: Series I includes correspondence, Series II includes academic documents, papers, honors, and awards, Series III includes sermons and retreats, Series IV includes documents of appointment (Domestic Prelate, Papal Chamberlain, and Protonotary Apostolic), Series V includes service awards, Series VI includes photographs, Series VII includes sound records, and Series VIII includes other materials.


  • Creation: 1904-2003

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

Msgr. Walter G. Jarvais, son of Walter and Catherine, was born on May 8, 1904 in Elizabeth New Jersey. During his early youth his mother died oftuherculosis and his father, overwhelmed by work, sent larvais affta boarding school in Caldwell. Walter Jr. attended Seton Hall Preparatory School where he discovered a vocation to the priesthood. Following high school, he attended Seton Hall University and entered Immaculate Conception Seminary. In 1926 Jarvais received his BA and in 1928 received his MA. Jarvais was ordained to the priesthood in 1930 and his first assignment was at St. Columba's Church in Newark. He was then reassigned to Blessed Sacrament parish in East Orange, New Jersey. In 1934, Fr. Jarvais became a faculty member at Seton Hall University where he taught English. In 1943 he entered the U.S. Merchant Marine Service as a chaplain. Fr. Jarvais continued in this post until the conclusion of the Second World War. After the conflict ended he returned to Seton Hall University and became both Chair of the Religion Department and Spiritual Director of Immaculate Conception Seminary. In 1953, Fr. Jarvais was named a Papal Chamberlain and received the title of Monsignor. Msgr. Jarvais left Seton Hall in 1962 to become pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Bloomfield. He would only stay as pastor for three years, before his return to Immaculate Conception Seminary. Beginning in 1965, Msgr. Jarvais served as Spiritual Director of the Seminary, a post held prior to his retirement in 1976.

Throughout the course of his life, Msgr. Jarvais received many honors and held an impeccable reputation as a priest and preacher. Msgr. Jarvais received honorary doctorates from Caldwell College and Bloomfield Theological College. Msgr. Jarvais was also a clergyman of firsts , He was the first priest to be ordained during the middle of the year, thereby being a seminarian and priest simultaneously. He was also one of the first two priests of the Archdiocese of Newark to enter the U.S. Maritime Service as a chaplain. Msgr. larvais' distinguished service to the Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of Newark did not end with retirement in 1976. He continued to remain active by his appointment to the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Newark. By the later half of the 1990's,

Msgr. Jarvais was the oldest priest in the Archdiocese. Msgr. Walter G. Jarvais died on February 3, 2003 as one of the most beloved priests in the diocese.


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Walter Jarvais was a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, serving as Spiritual Director of the Immaculate Conception Seminary and in the Maritime Service as a chaplain during World War II. The Walter Jarvais papers include correspondence, photographs, and academic papers of Walter Jarvais.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Center from the Archdiocese of Newark by Msgr. Francis Seymour and Msgr. Robert Coleman in 2003. Terms of accession unknown.

Processing Information

Collection was processed and finding aid created by Michael Yorey in 2003-2004. HTML shell finding aid created by Tracy M. Jackson, 2013.

Walter Jarvais papers, 1904-2003
Michael Yorey
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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