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Out in Front

Fifty years ago, on a bright morning in early June, Elaine Lardieri stood on Seton Hall’s commencement stage and addressed the Class of 1969 and their families. It was a landmark moment for her, of course, but also for the University at large: after 113 years in existence, the school had its first female valedictorian.…

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Immaculate Conception Seminary: 150 Years

To commemorate Immaculate Conception Seminary’s 150th anniversary, Monsignor Wister, an associate professor of Church history, embarked on a quest to write the definitive history of the institution. Over six years, he reviewed original correspondence between rectors and bishops, read journals, textbooks and newspapers, and pored over hundreds of photographs, consulting sources that had never before been used for scholarly purposes.

In September, he published Stewards of the Mysteries of God, which in its 496 pages tells a story filled with colorful personalities and realistic details about what daily life was like even for the earliest seminarians.

Portions of Monsignor Wister’s book are excerpted here.

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