To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Congregation of the Mission’s work in the United States, DePaul University Library, with the assistance of DePaul’s Office of Mission and Values, presents The Bicentennial Celebration of the Vincentians in America: An Exhibition at the John T. Richardson Library.
The exhibition will run Autumn and Winter quarters, and encompasses two separate installations. The first, God as Compass, Rudder, and Pilot: the Missionary as a Pioneer, details the journey the Vincentian missionaries took, from its beginnings in Rome in 1815 to the company’s eventual settlement at St. Mary’s of the Barrens in the Missouri Territory in 1818.
Its sister installation is Knowledge and Salvation: the Missionary as a Man of the Enlightenment, which explores books from the library of these first American Vincentians and the influence of the Enlightenment on the missionaries. The exhibit includes books, correspondence, artifacts, and maps, and acknowledges the religious vocations and motivations of the Vincentian missionaries while contextualizing their place within the larger arena of American history.
Please join us as well celebrate the exhibition’s opening. A reception will be held Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 4PM-6PM in DePaul University Special Collections and Archives (John T. Richardson Library 314, 2350 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60614). The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
DePaul is offering many other opportunities to celebrate this anniversary
- Niagara University’s schedule of events.
- St. John’s University is dedicating Founder’s Week to the celebrations.
- The three Universities in the United States are also sponsoring a major event in New York.