Welcome To Our Site . . .

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 . . .

Just Published – The June 2021 Edition of The Recorder

We are pleased to provide access to the latest bulletin published by the New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission and share various articles that highlight the story of Church History within the Garden State.  The link to our newsletter can be found below.  We also welcome reader comments, submissions, and other content that will be featured in future issues of The Recorder . . .

The Recorder-June 2021

Full Text – Student Articles (The Recorder – June 2021)

BLOG FINAL 2021-04-06 Isabel Finan – SHU Sacristans

BLOG FINAL 2021-04-06 Daphne Lombardi – Springsteen and me


Grant Awards

The Commission offers financial support awards for various preservation and writing projects that connect to our work in the field of New Jersey Catholic History. We are currently re-working our submission guidelines and will have updated information on our Homepage in the near future. In the interim, please feel free to write Executive Director, Alan DeLozier at: <Alan.Delozier@shu.edu> if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your interest!


Remembering Our Beloved Chair – R.I.P.

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


THE RECORDER – Newsletter of the New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission

Our Commission is working on the revitalization of our newsletter under the guidance of Maura Harrington, Ph.D., Editor in Chief who is currently working with the membership on content and outreach.  More details to follow in the near future.

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.


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