Archives of the Archdiocese of New York

Archives of the Archdiocese of New York The main purpose of the Archives is to document the history of the Archdiocese, in addition to supporting the larger mission of the Catholic Church in NY.

The Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York serves as the final repository for the Archdiocese’s historical records. The main purpose of the Archives is to document the history of the Archdiocese. The Archives also provides historical resources for members of the scholarly community, authors, and other interested persons who seek to evaluate the difference that the Archdiocese had made on the Church and the society as a whole. Please note our comments disclaimer: Personal attacks and inappropriate comments will be flagged for removal; continuing to post such comments may result in removal as a fan.

Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists
11/13/2019

Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists

The Dominican Sisters of Hope in Ossining, NY, are hiring for a part-time Assistant Archivist. See below for more details about the position.

This week's Image of the Week shows Cardinal Spellman in 1914 as a student with other seminarians on the roof of the Nor...
11/13/2019

This week's Image of the Week shows Cardinal Spellman in 1914 as a student with other seminarians on the roof of the North American College, Rome. The future cardinal is in the center, with the glasses.

Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious
11/06/2019

Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious

November is nationally recognized as a time to honor and commemorate veterans. We want to highlight women religious who have served in any branch of the armed forces or those who have served “unofficially.”

The Archives of the Archdiocese of New York submitted this photograph from the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine Collection. Mother Marianne of Jesus, RCD, speaks with a group of World War I soldiers. The Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine ran a settlement house on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Many of the young men the sisters met through their work went on to serve in the military. Mother Marianne maintained personal contact with them throughout their service, exchanging letters and visiting the veterans at home. The congregation opened a convalescent home for soldiers in New Jersey after the war.

Image courtesy of the Archives of the Archdiocese of New York, Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine Collection (Nyack, New York).

#ACWR #WWI #SistersinService #Veterans

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09/30/2019

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09/03/2019
New York Roman Catholic parish list | findmypast.com

One question we are asked all the time is for a list of the parish records that are available to search on Findmypast. At the link below, you'll find a list of the baptism and marriage records available by parish and date.

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Louis Zuccarello, Professor Emeritus of Marist College, shared this recollection of James T. Moore, the long-time organi...
08/20/2019
Memories of the Prof. James T. Moore, a Person of Many Talents

Louis Zuccarello, Professor Emeritus of Marist College, shared this recollection of James T. Moore, the long-time organist and choir director at the parishes of St. Frances of Rome, St. Barnabas, St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Holy Rosary, St. Martin of Tours, Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of Solace, and St. Michael’s in the Bronx.

Professor Moore was also associated with the Pius X School of Liturgical Music at Manhattanville College, and involved with sharing Gregorian Chant in the Archdiocese of New York.

Professor James T. Moore (middle) By Louis C. Zuccarello, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus, Marist College It was the mid 1940’s, and there I was, a nervous 4th-grade student, newly arrived at St. France…

07/29/2019
Records Manager

The Archdiocese of New York is looking for a records manager. Find out more job details, including how to apply, at the link below

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07/08/2019

A company working with the Archives is looking for a part-time scanning and digitization operator. The job will be based at the Archives in Yonkers. If you're interested, please contact Meghan O'Brien at [email protected] for the job description and further information.

Archives of the Archdiocese of New York
07/02/2019

Archives of the Archdiocese of New York

We're excited for Summer, but probably not as excited as these children from St. Rose's Settlement Home, who were taking...
06/21/2019

We're excited for Summer, but probably not as excited as these children from St. Rose's Settlement Home, who were taking a trip to Playland Park-Westchester County in 1928.

75 years ago today, thousands of brave Americans joined our Allies on the beaches of Normandy, France, in an invasion th...
06/06/2019

75 years ago today, thousands of brave Americans joined our Allies on the beaches of Normandy, France, in an invasion that would turn the tide of the Second World War. Back home in America, the country waited and prayed for news. Archbishop Francis Spellman, Archbishop of New York and of the American Military Forces, was asked to write a prayer for final victory and peace. Most radio stations cancelled all of their scheduled programming in order to provide a constant flow of reports from the invasion, and interspersed with these reports were special addresses by people like President Franklin Roosevelt and King George VI of England. At noon, Archbishop Spellman offered his “Prayer for America” over the radio, which was repeated at intervals throughout the day. After the prayer, Archbishop Spellman also quoted from a letter he received from a solider, and then told the nation “We are all challenged to prove by living and doing that our soldiers did not give their lives in vain.” #dday #dday75 #archnyhistory

📷 Prayer for America

📷 Archbishop Spellman leading a prayer service in St. Patrick's Cathedral

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06/05/2019

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06/05/2019

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Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious
05/17/2019
Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious

Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious

We're excited to announce that the third edition of the Women Religious Resource Directory is now available on the Catholic Research Resource Alliance (CRRA) website through the announcement banner on the home page (https://www.catholicresearch.org/). The new edition features at least 10 new entries from Communities across the United States and Canada. A direct link to the directory can be found below:

https://crra.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/ACWR_directory.pdf

This ledger book records all the processions at the Institute of Mercy in Tarrytown. The processions began in 1915, and ...
05/15/2019

This ledger book records all the processions at the Institute of Mercy in Tarrytown. The processions began in 1915, and this text describes the Corpus Christi procession from 1919. 70 “beautifully dressed” children participated, all carrying flowers and wearing wreaths of daisies.

Thanks to the members of the Irish Family History Forum who joined us today at the Archives for a tour and visit to our ...
04/02/2019

Thanks to the members of the Irish Family History Forum who joined us today at the Archives for a tour and visit to our new The Irish Mission at Watson House exhibit. It was great to have you!

Archdiocese of New York
03/20/2019
Archdiocese of New York

Archdiocese of New York

Bishop John Ireland of Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, a towering figure in Midwestern Catholicism and politics, used his position to advocate for Irish immigrants and Catholic education. Learn more about his work to help Irish immigrants succeed in America at The Irish Mission at Watson House digital exhibit, created by the Archives of the Archdiocese of New York.

The author of a new biography on Archdiocese of New York's first archbishop, John Hughes, is giving a talk tonight, Wedn...
03/20/2019
Archbishop John Hughes and the Making of Irish America: a Book Talk hosted by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

The author of a new biography on Archdiocese of New York's first archbishop, John Hughes, is giving a talk tonight, Wednesday, March 20, at The American Irish Historical Society. See the link below for tickets.

Acclaimed biographer and local Upper East Side instructor John Loughery will give a lecture based on his recent book “Dagger John: Archbishop John Hughes and the Making of Irish America." “Dagger” John Hughes was an infamous Irish-American figure who—in the face of bias against the Irish community-- was an organizer, community advocate, and fiercely outspoken evangelist representing the Irish in America. Between founding Fordham University, a Jesuit Catholic University in the Bronx, and demanding the construction of the now-cherished St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown Hughes was a revered (and feared) power broker for his community in Manhattan and beyond. Books will be for sale following the talk.

Join me at Archbishop John Hughes and the Making of Irish America: a Book Talk on 3/20/2019 6:30:00 PM

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As we honor the patron saint of the Archdiocese of New York, we remember the hundreds of thousa...
03/17/2019
Introduction · The Irish Mission at Watson House · Archives of the Archdiocese of New York Digital Collections

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As we honor the patron saint of the Archdiocese of New York, we remember the hundreds of thousands of young Irish women who were helped by the priests of the Archdiocese and the The Irish Mission at Watson House as they started their new lives in America. Learn more about these incredible young women here:

The Irish Mission at Watson House IntroductionImmigration to New YorkThe Port of New YorkEllis IslandIrish Women's ImmigrationThe Beginnings of a MissionCharlotte Grace O'BrienBishop John IrelandIrish Catholic Colonization AssociationThe Work of the MissionThe Priests of the MissionFather John Riord...

Thanks to FOX 5 / Fox5NY.com for this great story on the new exhibit at the Archives and the The Irish Mission at Watson...
03/16/2019
A look at the young women who left Ireland for the U.S.

Thanks to FOX 5 / Fox5NY.com for this great story on the new exhibit at the Archives and the The Irish Mission at Watson House!

In the late 1800s, tens of thousand of young women left their families in Ireland and traveled by steam ships to New York City.

Archdiocese of New York
03/15/2019
Archdiocese of New York

Archdiocese of New York

In 1880 Charlotte Grace O’Brien, concerned with the well-being of emigrants in the ports and on the ships leaving Ireland for America, took it upon herself to improve conditions for young, unmarried women traveling solo to America – some as young as 14. Learn more about this amazing woman at The Irish Mission at Watson House digital exhibit, created by Archives of the Archdiocese of New York.

As this is National Catholic Sisters Week, it seems only fitting to share this great image of the Sisters of Charity at ...
03/14/2019

As this is National Catholic Sisters Week, it seems only fitting to share this great image of the Sisters of Charity at the 1965 Harlem March for Civil Rights. The Sisters have a long history in the Archdiocese of New York, and we are very grateful for all their hard work in our schools, hospitals, and child care facilities.

The Harlem March for Civil Rights took place on this day in 1965. #CivilRights #Harlem

Thanks to the Catholic New York for covering last week’s opening of our new exhibit, featuring the story of and original...
03/14/2019
Irish Mission Exhibit at Seminary Focuses on Women and Their Work

Thanks to the Catholic New York for covering last week’s opening of our new exhibit, featuring the story of and original ledgers from The Irish Mission at Watson House! To learn more about the exhibit or to visit, email [email protected].

On the eve of International Women’s Day and 10 days before St. Patrick’s Day, a photo exhibit featuring young single Irish women who immigrated to New York opened in the Archives Building at St. …

We begin our celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week with the Collection of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian D...
03/13/2019

We begin our celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week with the Collection of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine.

The Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine (RCD) were founded in 1910 by Mother Marianne of Jesus, with the primary goal of assisting newly arrived Catholic immigrants in New York City. Mother Marianne wanted to protect and deepen their faith by the teaching of Christian doctrine and to help them recognize and maintain their dignity by providing them with a Catholic atmosphere for the process of acculturation. The Sisters opened Madonna House, a settlement home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and their work soon spread throughout the Archdiocese of New York and to Charleston, South Carolina; St. Augustine and Orlando, Florida; Manchester, New Hampshire; Youngstown, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Paterson, New Jersey; and San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic. Today, the sisters maintain their property in Nyack, New York, and proclaim the gospel message through Christian doctrine and through related ministries within the Church.

You can explore the finding guide for the collection at the following link, or click through to see some photos of the history of the RCD Sisters: http://archnyarchives.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/020.001Sisters-of-Christian-Doctrine.pdf

#NCSW2019 #WomensHistoryMonth

03/13/2019

It's National Catholic Sisters Week! This annual celebration honors the lives of women religious and gives us an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work these women have done. Here at the Archives, we are lucky enough to house the collections of three amazing groups of women religious: the Sisters of Divine Compassion, the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine, and the Franciscan Sisters of Peace. Follow us here to learn more about these amazing women and their archival collections.

03/12/2019
Dominican Sisters of Sparkill

Dominican Sisters of Sparkill

On Wednesday, March 13, the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill and the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York will host a viewing the the new documentary "Missions of Hope" as part of our celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week. Please join us at Dominican Convent at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, March 13 for a special viewing--and refreshments! You can RSVP by leaving a comment on this post! We hope to see you there!

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Thanks to everyone who turned out tonight for the opening of our new exhibit!
03/08/2019

Thanks to everyone who turned out tonight for the opening of our new exhibit!

Join us tonight at 6pm as we open our new exhibit, The Irish Mission at Watson House. Historian Maureen Murphy will be s...
03/07/2019

Join us tonight at 6pm as we open our new exhibit, The Irish Mission at Watson House. Historian Maureen Murphy will be speaking about the importance of the records from the Mission for historians and genealogists. All are welcome.

As we prepare for our @irishmissionwatson exhibit opening tonight, I was lucky enough to be able to spend the morning at...
03/07/2019

As we prepare for our @irishmissionwatson exhibit opening tonight, I was lucky enough to be able to spend the morning at the beautiful Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton down on State Street and think about the hundreds of thousands of women who passed through this property and the Mission.

The first woman recorded in the ledgers of the  The Irish Mission at Watson House is Kate Devitt, age 25, who arrived fr...
03/07/2019

The first woman recorded in the ledgers of the The Irish Mission at Watson House is Kate Devitt, age 25, who arrived from County Limerick on April 24, 1897, on the S. S. Britannia. After arriving at the Mission, she traveled to a Charles McCabe on Pelham Ave in the Bronx. Learn more about Kate and the other incredible women who came through the Mission at our new exhibit, opening tonight, or explore our digital exhibit: http://omeka.archnyarchives.org/exhibits/show/missiongirls/intro

Introduction · The Irish Mission at Watson House · Archives of the Archdiocese of New York Digital Collections
03/04/2019
Introduction · The Irish Mission at Watson House · Archives of the Archdiocese of New York Digital Collections

Introduction · The Irish Mission at Watson House · Archives of the Archdiocese of New York Digital Collections

The Irish Mission at Watson House IntroductionImmigration to New YorkThe Port of New YorkEllis IslandIrish Women's ImmigrationThe Beginnings of a MissionCharlotte Grace O'BrienBishop John IrelandIrish Catholic Colonization AssociationThe Work of the MissionThe Priests of the MissionFather John Riord...

03/04/2019
The Irish Mission at Watson House: The Untold Story of the Home for Irish Immigrant Girls in Lower Manhattan

On December 4, 1885, the Rev. John J. Riordan purchased Watson House, at 7 State Street in lower Manhattan, and formally established the Home of the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary for the Protection of Irish Immigrant Girls. Through the pioneering efforts of emigration reformer Charlotte Grace O’Brien, Fr. Riordan and the priests that came after him, the Mission helped more than 100,000 women. Learn more about this extraordinary undertaking, an untold story of New York’s Irish Catholics.

Our new exhibit, opening March 7, examines the The Irish Mission at Watson House. Today, we are filming some stories of ...
02/09/2019

Our new exhibit, opening March 7, examines the The Irish Mission at Watson House. Today, we are filming some stories of people with personal connections to the Mission. John Ridge, of the New York Irish History Roundtable, is sharing the story of his mother and aunt, Margaret and Mary Walsh.

John Ridge’s mother and aunt were two of the 100,000 women who passed through the Mission on their way to a new life in America. Today, we are filming his story, and those of other personal connections to the Mission. @ Archives of the Archdiocese of New York

Exciting news! Over 329,000 new baptism records have been added to our collection of digitized sacramental records. Find...
02/03/2019
Findmypast Friday January 25th

Exciting news! Over 329,000 new baptism records have been added to our collection of digitized sacramental records. Find out more information at the link below.

Discover more about the Jacobites and the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745. Findmypast has digitised this expansive collection of records from The National Archives which includes lists of prisoners and those banished or pardoned along with correspondence, commission records, and briefs evidence...

02/01/2019
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As part of our ongoing project to digitize our sacramental records, we are looking for a part-time scanner operator. The...
01/09/2019

As part of our ongoing project to digitize our sacramental records, we are looking for a part-time scanner operator. The books are fragile and may be as large as 16 x 24 inches. The Operator is responsible for maintaining scanning logs, quality control, and shipping files on external hard drives or FTP. The candidate will receive extensive training on-site. If you are interested, please email [email protected] for the job description and further information.

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Hey Douchbag Dolan and Mama Aggieho.... I wonder why St Pio sent me overseas to confess I was sexually abused? Scratch head. I the Vatti Opus Dei Alpha Aggieho and Douchbag!!!!! Bwhahaha!!!!Veritas Blessed Veritas!!!! Remember Mama Aggieho I heard Father Groschel holla at me from the grave that I ain't nuts! Then he I had private chat about how you Aggieho ARE!!!!
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Hey Douchbag Dolan and Mama Aggieho.... I wonder why St Pio sent me overseas to confess I was sexually abused? Scratch head.
I am searching for the origins of my mysterious great grandfather, who was baptized twice in NYC. I'm aware that NYC parish sacramental record images are being loaded (slowly) to FindMyPast. However, I grow weary of waiting and hope to track down a particular original record myself. I hope you can tell me if a baptism at Holy Rosary in 1906 would still be at the parish or would it be at the Archives of the Archdiocese of NY? Holy Rosary was sadly deconsecrated last year and merged with the Church of St. Paul six blocks away. The record I am seeking is the second baptism of my great grandfather Joseph Wilton, born Jeremiah Moylan, upon his adoption and name change. Both names are listed in the transcription. I am hoping the original may show some notation of the circumstances or other hints as to his origin before the adoption. https://search.findmypast.com/record?id=us%2fny%2fcath%2fpr%2fbap%2f00636952 My gratitude for any assistance you may be able to provide.
I wonder if the Archdiocese of New York will be putting the original entries of their church baptisms online at Findmypast? I have been searching for my great grandfather's baptism for some time. It would be a tremendous help to look through the book entries page for page as I have done in the Philadelphia catholic church books. I was then able to finally find my lineage. My gr grandfather was born about 1850-51 in New York.
Sacred Heart Church! My church since I was 4 years old was closed by the Archdiocese several years ago and now stands as an empty shell of memories. I even made a large donation to have my father’s name placed on a plaque on the alter. Wonder what they did with that?
where were you today marching for gun control? Tsk tsk. I am ashamed of your silence.
Is there a list of priests who have served in the New York Diocese?
I am trying to find a marriage certificate of my ancestor that was married in St George's Catholic Church in Jeffersonville New York. Sophia Haiss daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Haiss married Joseph Beste of Wilmington,Delaware on November 14,1888. They were both Roman Catholics with German heritage. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated
I am trying to locate what hospitals were used by the Guild Infant Savior at the turn of the century till 1966