BOSTON—Archivists from the six US Franciscan provinces met on the Boston College campus from July 11-13, 2018, to participate in the “Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives” conference. The purpose of the conference was for archivists, historians, and congregational leaders to exchange ideas and best practices for preserving the future of Catholic religious.

This first-of-its-kind conference included presentations, panels, and break-out sessions around a variety of topics. As result of he conference, a white paper will be produced as to best practices for Catholic archives.

The archivists present were Friar Thomas Cole OFM, Holy Name Province;  Ronald Cooper, Saint John the Baptist Province; Rachel Hatcher Day, Saint Barbara Province; Brie Montoya, Our Lady of Guadalupe Province; Friar Willian Stout OFM, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province; and Denise Thuston, Sacred Heart Province. Also attending was Friar Jack Clark Robinson OFM, an historian and provincial minister of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province.

In addition to participating in the conference, the archivists were able to continue discussion of our own current concerns, in preparation for our next group meeting in the Spring of 2019.

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Friar Tom Cole OFM is the provincial archivist for the Most Holy Name of Jesus Province and works in New Jersey.
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