Western Pennsylvania’s Catholic Archives contain the rich history of the Catholic Church. The current status and future of these valuable resources will be the topic of a summit to be held on Saturday, March 26. Regional leaders of Catholic dioceses, congregations, universities, and organizations; archivists who are keepers of records from the Catholic Church; historians and students are all invited to attend.

Registration is $10, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. You can register at the following link:  https://duq.edu/2022-heritage.

The event will run from 9am to 5pm in Bayer Hall at Duquesne University. You are welcome to join us for a 7:30am opening Mass at Duquesne University’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, March 26, 2022
Duquesne University

7:30am Opening Mass, Chapel of the Holy Spirit

8:15am–9:00am Check In/Registration/Continental Breakfast, Bayer Hall, Duquesne

9:00am–10:30am KEYNOTE

“Religious Archives and the Health of Our History”
Thomas Rzeznik, Ph.D., Professor, Seton Hall University
Thomas Rzeznik is Associate Professor of History at Seton Hall University and co-editor of the quarterly journal, American Catholic Studies.  He is co-editor with Margaret McGuinness of the Cambridge Companion to American Catholicism and is currently working on a history of St. Vincent’s Hospital and Catholic health care in New York City. 

10:30am–10:45am MORNING BREAK

10:45am–12:15pm MORNING SESSION: Sustainability
Moderator: Sr. Sally Witt, CSJ, MA, Historian

“Gates of an Era: Open Doors and New Beginnings for Catholic Archives”
Casey Bowser, MA, CA, President, Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious
 Archivist, Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill & Seton Hill University

“Hazard Yet Forward: Forging a Future for Our Catholic Heritage”
Sr. Maureen O’Brien, SC, MA, Vice President for Mission and Identity, Seton Hill University

“Caritas Christi Urget Nos: Archives, Charism, and Future-Planning for Leadership”
Sr. Vivien Linkhauer, SC, Ph.D., Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill

12:15pm–1:15pm LUNCH

1:15pm–2:45pm AFTERNOON SESSION 1
Facilitated Small & Large Group Discussions on Catholic Archives of Western Pennsylvania

2:45pm–3:00pm AFTERNOON BREAK

3:00pm–4:30pm AFTERNOON SESSION 2: Accessibility, Exposure, Outreach, and Preservation
Moderator: Timothy Kelly, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor of History, Saint Vincent College

“Ministry in the Midst of Merger: Archives as Apostolate”
Dennis Wodzinski, MA, Director of Archives & Records Center, Diocese of Pittsburgh

“Transcending Brick and Mortar: The Future of Catholic Archives”
Daniel Michaels, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, National Institute for Newman Studies

“Preserving the Franciscan Tradition: The Third Order Regular Archives in Loretto, PA”
Zachary Doll, MSLS, Assistant Archivist, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance

4:30pm–5:00pm RECAP/CLOSING

Sponsored by:

  • Duquesne University (Departments of Catholic Studies and History and the Gumberg Library)
  • Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden
  • National Institute for Newman Studies