Twentieth-Century Lay Catholic Action and Spirituality in Britain

Call for Contributors

Twentieth-Century Lay Catholic Action and Spirituality in Britain

Maria Power, University of Oxford and Jonathan Bush, Durham University

British Catholic archives hold a wealth of material relating to Catholic lay action and spirituality in the twentieth-century. For instance, Ushaw College Library holds the papers of a number of lay societies, including the Newman Association, the Catholic Social Workers Guild, the Young Christian Students and the National Board of Catholic Women.  There are also many other Catholic archives which  hold similar collections: such as the papers of the Young Christian Workers  in the Salford Diocesan Archive and the Catholic Union collection in the Westminster Diocesan Archives.

Despite this, little academic research has been carried out which allows us to understand the important role played by the lay apostolate. In order to rectify this historiographical gap we propose to produce an edited collection of essays focusing on twentieth-century lay Catholic action and spiritualty through the prism of such groups and how they helped to shape the experience of the ordinary lives of Catholics during this period.

Possible topics could include:

  • The impact of Vatican II on the lay apostolate
  • The role of lay societies in the First World War/Second World War
  • How ‘Catholic’ were Catholic lay societies?
  • How the Catholic lay apostolate responded to the challenges of               secularisation

If you are interested in contributing to this collection please send a 400-word proposal to either Dr Maria Power, maria.power@bfriars.ox.ac.uk  or Dr Jonathan Bush, jonathan.bush@durham.ac.uk by 31st October 2019. Essays will be 8000 words in length and will be due with the editors by 1st January 2021.

CONSERVATION WORKSHOP

Date

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Topic

Water damage: Dealing with water damaged papers after a disaster

Trainer

Sue Hourigan, Senior Conservator,

Berkshire Record Office

Place

Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 6AF

Time

2 to 5pm, to be confirmed

Cost

£35 members, £37 non-members

Booking

Please send a cheque made payable to Catholic Archives Society and send to the CAS Treasurer:

Mr Jim Hughes, 12 Holburn Terrace, Ryton, Tyne and Wear NE40 3DQ

Further information Annaig Boyer, annaigboyer@hotmail.com

Archivist and Records Manager – Medical Mission Sisters

Archivist and Records Manager Based in Acton, London W3 9LP

A committed experienced archivist is required on a part-time basis by mutual agreement to be the General Archivist for the Medical Mission Sisters, an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious with headquarters located in west London.

You will possess a recognized qualification in archive administration or equivalent and a minimum 3 years post qualification experience. You will be expected to demonstrate a high degree of self-motivation and initiative working in a small private general archive. You must have good communication and interpersonal skills for teamwork and a strong experience based knowledge of IT.

You will be responsible for the overall management and administration of the general Archive.

You will liaise in an advisory capacity with the Sisters who are responsible for local archives in other parts of the Society.

The archive chronicles the twentieth century development of the Roman Catholic Church’s provision of professional medical care by women for women and the evolution of its healing mission. You will have a unique opportunity to contribute to this rich international historical archive.

Part-time – 21 hours

(Salary) £ 27,000 – £ 29,000, pro rata, depending on experience

For a full job description email: Generalate@medicalmissionsisters.org.uk or by telephone 0208 992 6444

Closing Date: 12 July, 2019

To apply please send CV with cover letter plus 2 references to Generalate@medicalmissionsisters.org.uk

A charity registered in England and Wales: 1072554

Archivist/Records Management Vacancy

St John’s Seminary – Wonersh

Archivist/Records Manager

St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey (GU5 0QX) – a house of formation for Catholic Priests since 1891, is seeking to appoint an Archivist/Records Manager, initially on a 1 year fixed-term full-time contract (or a 2 year fixed-term part-time contract). The salary is £27,000 pa.

The successful candidate will be suitably qualified to degree level, and will have proven experience in the Archives/Records fields. They will also have a working knowledge of current Data Protection Legislation, particularly the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Further details are available from Monsignor Gerald Ewing (Vice-Rector) – email: vice-rector@wonersh.org

Letters of application, plus accompanying CVs to be received by email by 31 May 2019. Interviews will take place the week beginning 10 June 2019

York Catholic History Day

This year’s Catholic History Day will take place on Saturday 1st June 2019 from 10am at the Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre, 17 Blossom Street, York:

The speakers include:

Dr. Wilfred Hammond Re-thinking the Rebellion of the Northern Earls, 1569

Dr. Emilie Murphy Catholic music and memory in post-reformation England

Dr. Peter Doyle Keeping the World at bay – Seminary training in England and Wales, 1850-1950

The cost is £18, including tea and coffee and students are half price.

Lunch is available at additional cost at The Bar Convent Café – please call 01904 464 910 to book a table.

The day will conclude with the vigil Mass of Sunday in the historic chapel.

For more information and to reserve a place please contact Judith Smeaton on 01904 704 525 or at judith.smeaton@btinternet.com.

CAS Visit to Dublin/Co. Kildare, August 2019

Visit to Dublin, 12th – 17th August 2019

There are plans for a CAS visit to archives in Dublin and Co. Kildare in August 2019.  The visit will begin in the afternoon of 12th August and end in the late afternoon of Friday 16th August. The programme is as follows:

 

MONDAY, 12 AUGUST 2019

2.30 P.M. CLONGOWE’S WOOD COLLEGE

CASTLEBROWN

 

TUESDAY, 13 AUGUST 2019

10.00 A.M. VISITOR CENTRE & MILITARY ARCHIVES

3.00 P.M. MERCY CENTRE INTERNATIONAL

4.30 P.M. MERCY ARCHIVES

 

WEDNESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2019

10.00 A.M. DUBLIN DIOCESAN ARCHIVES

3.00 P.M. ST MARY’S DOMINICAN CONVENT,

6.00 P.M. VIGIL MASS OF THE ASSUMPTION

 

THURSDAY, 15 AUGUST 2019

10.00 A.M. IRISH ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVE

12.15 P.M. NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF IRELAND

3.00 P.M. CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY

 

FRIDAY, 16 AUGUST 2019

10.00 A.M. MAYNOOTH COLLEGE, TOUR

11.30 A.M. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

JOHN PAUL II LIBRARY

12.45 P.M. LUNCH IN PUGIN HALL

2.15 P.M. RUSSELL LIBRARY

 

Accommodation will be bed and breakfast at Maynooth College, Co. Kildare. Participants must make their own travel and insurance arrangements.  The visit will begin and end at Maynooth.

The cost should be no more than £380.  This will cover accommodation, coach hire and administrative costs but not lunch and evening meals. 

If you would like to come, please send a deposit of £60 as a cheque payable to the Catholic Archives Society to Sr Benignus O’Brien, Langdale House, 42 Petitor Road, Torquay, Devon TQ1 4QF.  This will be returned minus a small administrative charge if the visit does not go ahead.

If you would like further details, to see the draft programme or to express your interest, please contact:

Paul Shaw, 020 8568 7305, paul.shaw@psmgs.org.uk

RAG Conference 2019

Religious Archives Group CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Monday 13th May 2019

Salvation Army International Heritage Centre, William Booth College, London

Religion and Architecture

10:00                     Coffee

Ruth MacDonald              Introduction and welcome to the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

10.15-11.00         Steven Spencer: Salvation Army architecture

11.00-11.45         Dr Robert Whan: Church and Civic Architecture within the Diocese of Armagh

11.45-12.00         Tea break

12.00-12.45         Peter Howell: Catholic religious architecture

12.45-13.30         Lunch

13.30-13.45         Religious Archives Group AGM

13.45-14.00         Dr Sharman Kadish: Jewish religious architecture

14.00-14.45         Dr John Maiden: Using the Church Commissioners archives and the British Council of Churches archives to investigate the use of church properties

14.45-15.30         Shahed Saleem: The British Mosque

15.30-16.00         Tour of the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

16:00                     Close

Conference details will be posted on their website shortly with a booking form at: https://religiousarchivesgroup.org.uk/conferences/. In the meantime, booking forms (to be returned by 3rd May) can also be obtained from susannah.rayner@rcdow.org.uk (Mondays and Tuesdays) or Norman James at stalbans2015@gmail.com