The first Holy Cross History Conference met in March 1982 at Moreau Seminary, Notre Dame, Indiana. It was organized by three Holy Cross community archivists in the area: Sr. M. Campion Kuhn, C.S.C., Br. John Kuhn, C.S.C., and Rev. James Connelly, C.S.C. After more than 100 people from the United States and Canada attended, the organizers arranged for a second conference the following year.
After the second conference, a group of fourteen religious and lay participants met to consider creating an organization to promote work on Holy Cross history.
The Holy Cross History Association was established at the third annual conference in 1984 with a constitution, by-laws, and elected officers. Annual membership dues were fixed at five dollars. The first issue of the Association’s newsletter, Holy Cross History, appeared in the autumn of 1983. By 1985, the site of the annual conference began to move around the U.S. to places where there was a presence of Holy Cross religious and ministries.
This year, at the conclusion of the conference held at Holy Cross College, June 8 -10, 2023, Fr. Jim was celebrated for his 42 years of service to the Holy Cross Association (pictured above).
Mission Statement: The Holy Cross History Association is an organization founded to promote and stimulate the historical study of and research on those religious communities which trace their origins to Rev. Basil Moreau, C.S.C.; to discover, collect and preserve historical manuscripts; to print, publish and cause to be distributed, papers, books, writings, reports, articles, and data bearing on or in anywise relating to the congregations of Holy Cross; and to hold conventions or meetings of its members; to establish and maintain endowments for any of the foregoing purposes; to acquire by purchase, gift, device or otherwise, and to hold real and personal estate so far as may be necessary for carrying out its lawful purposes; and to mortgage, sell, lease or otherwise dispose of a real or personal estate according to law.
Learn more about the Holy Cross History Association at HolyCrossHistory.com