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!
Mission & Focus
The principal purpose of the Commission is to produce scholarly and popular histories of the Catholic Church and of Catholics in the State of New Jersey. Ancillary to this, and requisite to these accomplishments are the following measures: An established research facility at Seton Hall University for the study of Catholics and Catholicism in the Garden State; Identifying, increasing access to, and encouraging the preservation of the records (both written and oral) of Catholic individuals, institutions, and agencies throughout New Jersey; Developing a publications program for works which explore the New Jersey Catholic experience; bibliographic compilations to increase awareness of Catholic source materials along with targeting and making available significant primary sources to the community at large. Continued work endures in such areas as Manuscript Preservation and Collection Development of New Jersey Catholic History resources; an Oral History Program with Catholic figures and themes designed to supplement the written record of our documentation; Publication of a Commission Newsletter and our own Internet Homepage to provide updated information regarding group activities on a regular basis; Public Programs in such areas as Archival Techniques, How to Write Parish Histories and Catholic Higher Education are just a few examples of scheduled outreach initiatives. General support for the work of the Commission comes from two principal sources: Seton Hall University which provides office space and archival storage; and gifts from benefactors. The most substantial contributions have come from the Bishops of New Jersey along with the State Council of the Knights of Columbus. Specific support for individual projects in the past have been received from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New Jersey Committee for the Humanities, and from equally generous individual donors.
More information can be found in the NJCHC brochure link found here - NJCHRCbrochure-final3