University Archives Report

Kevin Cawley, Ph.D. | December 9, 2014 


In 1995 the Cushwa Center sponsored a conference called “Engendering American Catholic Studies.” Three of our new collections for the Spring of 2014 show our continued interest in documenting the contribution of women to the Church.

In February of 2014, we received the first box of papers from Dolores R. Leckey, who has served as a producer for WNVT in Northern Virginia, as a faculty member of the DeSales School of Theology, as executive director of the Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as an advisor to the bishops at the Synod on the Family (1980), and at the Synod on the Laity (1987), as a trustee of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, the University of Dayton in Ohio, and the Northern Virginia Community College, and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University. Leckey has written The Ordinary Way: A Family Spirituality; Winter Music: A Life of Jessica Powers—Poet, Nun, Woman of the 20th Century; The Laity and Christian Education; Seven Essentials for the Spiritual Journey; Practical Spirituality for Lay People; Laity Stirring the Church: Prophetic Questions; Women and Creativity; and Blessings All Around Us: Savoring God’s Gifts.
The Leckey Papers (roughly two linear feet) document the work of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, especially on the draft of the never-finished women’s pastoral. They contain correspondence and other documents reflecting the ecclesiastical climate of the last quarter of the 20th century, and include speeches, diaries, printed material, photographs, and news articles. This collection is rich in documentation of women’s concerns, the role of the laity, and peace issues. 

Read more at Cushwa Center. 


 by Daily Domer Staff

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