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Mary Ann Kennedy 20th Century Catholic Brochures Collection

This collection of Catholic pamphlets was built by Mary Ann Kennedy of Little Rock, Arkansas over the course of the 20th century. They provide insight into the Catholic view on subjects ranging from dating and homosexuality to Buddhism and “how to be liked by others.” The Special Collections finding aid for this collection states:

“Tracing their roots back to St. Alphonsus Liguori and his creation of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) in 1732, the Liguorian Magazine was founded in 1913 by American Redemptorists as a pastoral companion guide for Catholics. Their mission was to “[convey] a timely pastoral message to Catholics on matters of faith, Christian living, and social justice, in order to continue their conversion to Christ.” Stemming from Liguori, Missouri, Liguori Publications became the largest distributor of Catholic pamphlets of the St. Louis Province, eventually buying out the Jesuit run Queen’s Work pamphlets, their largest competitor.”

The Catholic University of America has a similar collection containing the Queen’s Work pamphlets, which can be accessed here.

Want to learn more about Buddhism? Check out this pamphlet from 1983-

Not sure if that fortune you received was really accurate? This 1939 pamphlet has all the answers-

Need to get your morals in check? Look no further than this 1943 publication-

Want a refresher on your please and thank yous? This 1942 booklet has you covered-

Want to learn more about Catholic teaching this Lent? This pamphlet from 1968 will teach you more about what Pope Francis’ role is in the church-

Feeling a little stressed as the semester starts to wrap up? This pamphlet from 1983 will have you feeling relaxed and refreshed-

Still worried? This pamphlet from the 80′s should help alleviate some of those anxieties-

Did you give up four letter words for Lent? This 1943 pamphlet explains the horrors of cussing-

You can view the pamphlets in the Mary Ann Kennedy 20th Century Catholic Brochures Collection in Special Collections & Archives, 3rd Floor, Monroe Library, Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm. You can also check out the SC&A tumblr page here!

Posted by student worker Maureen.

Catholic News Archive Demo

Please join the Monroe Library and Jennifer Younger from the Catholic Research Resources Alliance on Tuesday, April 18 at 10am in Seminar Room 4 of the library for a demo of The Catholic News Archive, a freely available digital library of 4,288 issues (and counting!) Catholic newspaper issues from different cities over multiple years. From the Catholic News Archive website,

“Historic Catholic newspapers are an important resource for scholars and researchers. The Catholic Research Resources Alliance is founded and funded by an impressive list of Universities (follow the link for a full list of member institutions).

However, university level uses are not the only extent of use for education. It is our passionate conviction that these historic newspapers can provide motivation for reading and discussion. They are a vast, diverse and primary source documents that can:

  • Connect students to recent history.
  • Make learning fun!
  • Offer flexibility and adaptability to all curriculum areas and grade levels.
  • Bridget the gap between the classroom and the “real’ world.
  • Give everyone something that’s interesting for them to ready (news, sports, weather, editorials, and comics).

Design lessons with relevant interactive digital activities to engage learners while creating historical awareness. Foster and facilitate independent learners using free and open source electronic resources to strengthen Catholic identity.”

Please join us to learn more about this valuable resource!

What: The Catholic News Archive demo

Where: Monroe Library Seminar Room 4 (2nd floor)

When: Tuesday, April 18 at 10am

Collection Spotlight: Catholic Brochures

This collection of ecclesiastical publications covers questions and answers about a wide range of topics for curious Catholics, dating throughout the 40′s, 50′s, 60′s, and 70′s. Consisting mostly of works from Liguori Publications and its affiliates, the brochures guide young Catholics through a myriad of everyday dilemmas and situations such that they may adhere strongly to their faith throughout each decision they make.

Of course, today these pamphlets are more likely to inspire a chuckle than anything else…

These pamphlets are prime examples of ideas aging, shall we say…ungracefully.

To see these silly and sometimes even outrageous pamphlets for yourself, come and visit the Loyola University Special Collections and Archives, located on the third floor of the Monroe Library!

– Posted by intern Katie Atkins