Archives: An Opportunity for Leadership and Religious Archivists

Benedictine Sisters at Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, Alabama

As president of the Benedictine Sisters of the Federation of St. Scholastica, I have become more and more aware of the importance of keeping well organized and accurate archives. However, it seems that tending to archives is often left on the backburner of issues considered by religious superiors, given the huge array of pressing matters before them. Nevertheless, I am convinced that if we do not tend to the necessary work of well-kept archives, we are destined to make the same mistakes of our past. We can learn from our past what is ours to do today as well look to the future.

Saint Ottlla Hall, Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, Alabama

I am most grateful to Boston College for sponsoring the Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives conference and making it so affordable to attend. What a gift and contribution to women religious! I hope that many religious leaders and archivists will take advantage of this important conference.

Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, OSB
President, Benedictine Sisters of the Federation of St. Scholastica
Cullman AL 35055