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The New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission welcomes you to our Homepage and hope that you find our organization of interest.  We are here to promote the value of religious history in the Garden State and beyond.  As an introduction please feel free to use our online brochure as a starting point on your journey to the NJCHC.  Thank you in advance for your interest . . .

News Update

In Memoriam – Monsignor Francis R. Seymour, KHS (1937-2018), Chair of the Commission

We are saddened to report the death of Monsignor Seymour, one of the founding members of the Commission and Chair from 2009-2018.  More information about his life and legacy can be found via the Archdiocese of Newark homepage – Monsignor Seymour – Obituary


Please Check The Latest Edition of The Recorder –

The Recorder, March 2017 = Newsletter Full-Text Version (PDF)

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A Volume 350 Years in the Making
by Carl Ganz, Editor

The New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission is pleased to announce the  publication of a collection of essays to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the founding of the State of New Jersey. We put out a call for papers on any topic dealing with the history of  the Catholic Church in New Jersey. We soon received chapters on the eclectic array of topics we were hoping for. These include biographical topics of renowned clergy, specifically Father Francis Koch, OFM, and Dean William McNulty, as well as studies of the Passionists in Union City, the endeavors of the Carmelites in the state, and the work of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in Hudson County during the Civil War. We also received papers on the effort to curb sweatshops in the state as well as the fundraising efforts for the Catholic University of Ireland in the 1850s. Rounding out the essays are studies of anti-immigrant political movements from 1830 to 1870; the exhumation and reburial of Bishop Winand Wigger; Alfred E. Smith, Catholicism, and the 1928 presidential campaign; and the response of several Catholic communities to the priest shortage.  You can purchase a copy of the book from Amazon.com here: NJCHC-350 Book

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News Update

The Commission announces research stipend opportunities for interested individuals who are studying topics relevant to the field of New Jersey Catholic History.

Joseph F. Mahoney Research Award in New Jersey Catholic History

 This award first established in 2011 is named in honor of the late Professor Joseph F. Mahoney (1928-2006), a noted scholar in American Catholicism and esteemed former Executive Director of the New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission will be bestowed on an individual planning to conduct research related to Catholicism in New Jersey.  The original intent of this prize was to offer a single deserving recipient a research stipend every two years, but the prospect of supporting any serious researcher in the field of Catholic New Jersey history is a constant goal of the Commission.  Therefore, this award will be offered on an open and rolling basis as project needs arise.  Applications are to be judged on their own individual merit as they arrive before our committee for evaluation.

  • Requirement for the Research Award

Research projects that focus on any aspect(s) of New Jersey Catholic History which can include, but are not limited to an individual(s), institution(s), event(s), or other subject areas that cover the criteria set by the Commission will be considered for this award.

  • Amount of Award

Up to a maximum of $1,500.00 per individual.

  • Application Criteria

Applicants will be required to submit a cover letter, a letter describing their project, a budget, a curriculum vitae and at least one letter of reference.

  • Deadline


  • Announcement of Award

The judgment of the committee will be forthcoming within 30 days from the date when the application arrives unless otherwise noted.  Questions and clarifications of the applicant might be needed prior to the arrival of a final decision.

  • Submission Information

New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission

Monsignor William Noe’ Field Archives & Special Collections Center

Walsh Library – First Floor Seton Hall University

400 South Orange Avenue

South Orange, NJ  07079

Attn: Awards Committee


  • Questions & Further Information

Please feel free to contact Alan DeLozier, Executive Director.  E-Mail: <Alan.Delozier@shu.edu>  Phone:  (973) 275-2378