The Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was dedicated in an open house and blessing ceremony led by Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald on Thursday, Sept. 21. Commonly known as the Archives, its collection of Catholic historical artifacts and records was moved from its location in the basement of St. Martin’s Chapel at St. Charles Seminary last summer to the newly renovated building that formerly housed Our Lady of Ransom School, 6740 Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. Assembled from several collections of documents and artifacts over time, the new Archives now hold papers and effects from the American Catholic Historical Society (founded in 1884), the seminary (founded in 1832), the archdiocese’s records from 1808 and items from the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament including those of St. Katharine Drexel. Read more about the Archives here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
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