Candidate statement for 2018 ACHA Election
“Littera scripta manet”—the written letter remains. As an archivist and church historian, my work has concentrated on the collection, preservation, and dissemination of texts and images that form part of the story of the Catholic Church, especially in the American context. There is no question that the ACHA has been integral to that effort. My personal affiliation with the ACHA goes back to my days as a seminarian at Yale Divinity School, when I first joined and began attending conferences. Over the years I have relied on the good will and good sense of the membership to help me think through problems I’ve tried to address in papers, articles, and books. It’s time to give back to this organization for all it has done for me.
After over a decade of classroom experience both in America and abroad, I am now the archivist for the Redemptorist Archives. Based in Philadelphia, I also sit on the Board of Managers of the American Catholic Historical Society. My work has enabled me to assist graduate students, but also the general public, who have become a special object of my concern recently. At present, I am curating a new museum dedicated to the life and times of St. John Neumann, the fourth bishop of Philadelphia. Additionally, I have been able to lecture and to publish on a wide range of topics. Since arriving in Philadelphia, I have tried to build a local group of archivists from religious archives in the metropolitan area, and I have been appointed to a historical commission for a canonization cause. My activities as a scholar and archivist motivate me to build upon the relationships I’ve formed in the archival and historical professions in the United States, but as a member of the Executive Council, I would like to advocate for greater participation and exchange at the international level, too. My inclusion on the Council would also hopefully aid our enterprise in the preservation of Catholic heritage materials.
Patrick J. Hayes, Ph.D.
c/o St. Peter the Apostle Rectory
1019 North Fifth Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123 USA