Formation, Vocation and Pastoral Ministries
AFRICAN AMERICAN CATHOLICS OF THE UNITED STATES DIGITAL IMAGE COLLECTION
Selected images of African American Catholics and associated Catholic clergy and religious from the records of the Black and Indian Mission Collection and The Catholic Negro-American Mission Board (both within the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records), and the records of the National Black Sisters' Conference.
CONFERENCE FOR PASTORAL PLANNING AND COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT RECORDS, 1973-[ongoing], 2.9 feet.
Files of a service organization for pastors, lay leaders, and diocesan staff that seeks to promote
to foster effective planning for the pastoral life of the church."
Records of humanitarian projects worldwide administered by
Catholic religious sisters and financed by the Hilton Fund for Sisters (established 1986). Most projects alleviate critical community needs in education, health care, clean water, and economic or energy development, and a few alleviate development needs within the religious congregations of Catholic women religious. Several
projects in the United States and the Americas target indigenous Native American, African American, and other minority populations.
Framed laser art prints and ancillary research and publicity materials regarding the spiritual captivity (1945-1989) and reawakening of women religious during and after Communism in East Central Europe. Included are prints of etchings, paintings, and photo collages, plus field research notes, photography, and video recordings, by Sister Joeann Daley. In 1992, she interviewed several women religious about their restricted life under Communion and their subsequent reemergence, from which she created the prints with the theme, "New Spring, New Spirit". Several prints pertain to Easter. She had met the sisters at a series of 10 meetings in the region, Rome, and Paris, which the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters sponsored to make known its available resources for enabling disadvantaged people in their home countries. 250 representatives attended from several congregations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
Writings by a diocesan priest who helped to found the Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development.
KISEMANITO CENTRE COLLECTION, 1981-1986, undated, 4.6 feet (1.2 feet unprocessed).
Recordings of Native Catholic ministry formation classes and public celebrations in Canada that
pertain to Native Christian beliefs, ceremonies, psychology, alcohol use prevention, and native
legal status. Some presenters are from the United States.
NATIONAL BLACK SISTERS' CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1968-[ongoing], 4.7 feet.
Records of a United States based organization of women religious, founded in 1968. Its purpose has been to provide ongoing communication, focusing on the education and support of African American women religious while confronting racism in society and the Catholic Church. The records include correspondence, minutes, unpublished papers, presentations, conference materials, and other materials documenting the programs and services provided by the National Black Sisters Conference (NBSC). Also included are records from its Development of Educational Services in the Growing Nation (DESIGN) program.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC VOCATION COUNCIL RECORDS, 1975-1987, 0.6 foot.
Records of a coordinating body for Catholic vocation organizations (succeeded by the National
Coalition for Church Vocations).
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF DIOCESAN VOCATION DIRECTORS RECORDS,1958-[ongoing], 3.9 feet.
Records of a professional membership organization
offering training and assessment opportunities to national and international diocesan vocation offices. Records include meeting minutes, Executive Directors' subject files, convention proceedings and programs, newsletters, publications, regional activities, and the Committee on Vocations.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF RELIGIOUS VOCATION DIRECTORS RECORDS, 1964-1987, 1.1 feet.
Records of an organization of vocation ministers for religious communities, known as the National Conference of Religious Vocation Directors of Men until 1982. The name change reflected the increasing involvement of women. It merged in 1988 with the National Sisters Vocation Conference to form the National Religious Vocation Conference. [Connect to Inventory]
NATIONAL INTERFAITH COALITION ON AGING RECORDS, 1971-2010, 4.0 feet.
Correspondence, minutes, publications, reports, audio recordings, and related
records documenting the programs and services of the National Interfaith Coalition on Aging
(NICA). Included are project files for its Survey on Programs for the Aging Under Religious
Auspices and for Project-GIST (Gerontology in Seminary Training), which sought to enhance the
ability of the religious community to serve the needs of the aging by improving the knowledge
and skills of seminary educators. Also documented is NICA's involvement with the White House
Conference on Aging, which included sponsorship of the National Intra-Decade Conference on the
Spiritual Well-Being of the Elderly (1977) and an official mini-conference of the 1981 WHCOA,
the National Symposium on Spiritual and Ethical Value Systems Concerns, which NICA convened in
1980. NICA dissolved as a corporation at the end of 1990 and reorganized as a constituent unit of the National
Council on the Aging. It affiliated with the American Society on Aging in 2010, as a subcommittee of the Forum on Religion, Spirituality, and Aging.
NATIONAL RELIGIOUS VOCATION CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1988-[ongoing], 6.0 feet.
Records of an organization of vocation ministers for religious congregations, formed by the merger of the National Sisters Vocation Conference and the National Conference of Religious Vocation Directors.
NATIONAL SISTERS VOCATION CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1967-1987, 2.7 feet
Records of an organization of women religious in the vocation apostolate. It merged with
Conference of Religious Vocation Directors in 1988 to form the National Religious Vocation
SIOUX SPIRITUAL CENTER RECORDS (PLAINVIEW, SOUTH DAKOTA), 1972-, undated (3.6 feet unprocessed).
Photographs, minutes, printed materials, and video recordings pertaining to Brulé, Hunkpapa, Oglala, Sans Arc, and other Indian Catholics and their activities at the Sioux Spiritual Center, Plainview, South Dakota. Jesuits, under the auspices of the Diocese of Rapid City, administer the center. Included are interviews of Bishop Harold Dimmerling and several Indian deacons regarding their experiences in the deacon formation program and their expectations as permanent deacons.
SISTER FORMATION CONFERENCE/RELIGIOUS FORMATION CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1936-[ongoing], 40.3 feet.
Records of an organization, founded in 1954 as the Sister Formation Conference (the name changed
in 1976 when men formation personnel were added to its membership), which helped bring about a
dramatic change in the status of women religious within the Catholic Church and within American
society as a whole, including general correspondence and subject files, minutes of meetings of the
national leadership, records of conferences and workshops, and publications issued by the
Conference. Personal papers of Ritamary Bradley and Annette Walters concerning their involvement
in the Sister Formation movement are also included. The conflict in the early 1960s between the
Sister Formation Conference officers and the leadership of the Conference of Major Superiors of
Women over the restructuring of the SFC to more directly subordinate it to the CMSW is especially
well documented in correspondence, memoranda, and reports. Notable correspondents include Ritamary
Bradley, Michael Novak, Mary Emil Penet, David Riesman, and Annette Walters.
SODALITY MOVEMENT/CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMUNITY-USA RECORDS, 1912-[ongoing], 25.0 feet.
Records of the United States branch of the Sodality/ Christian Life Communities movement, founded to promote social action and devotion to Mary among lay Catholics, including correspondence, reports, and publications.