Donations of Items to Archives

Collection Development Policy
Office of Archives
Archdiocese of Dubuque


The Archives office at the Archdiocese of Dubuque endeavors to collect documents and artifacts that directly reflect the spirit, mission, and history of the Archdiocese. It is this guiding principle that we use to make determinations about collecting and/or receiving items into the Archives. The limiting nature of this policy can be understood in the context of space requirements. With limited storage comes selective acquisition.


Examples of items accepted by the Archives:

Parish history books

Parish directories

Letters written to/by priests/archbishops of the Archdiocese

Newspaper clippings directly related to the Archdiocese

Liturgical items having belonged to parishes or … Continue reading…

Hurricane Harvey Special Collection

August 29, 2017

To Pastors and Parish Life Coordinators:

If you wish, you are invited to take up a special collection to aid people and places affected by Hurricane Harvey.

If you choose to do so, I would suggest that the collection be taken up sooner rather than later, either this weekend (1-2 September) or the following weekend (8-9 September).

Whatever monies are collected can be sent by check to the Archdiocese of Dubuque Finance Office, clearly marked as designated for Hurricane Harvey relief. That Office will … Continue reading…

Dec. 28, 2016 – Adoption and Abortion – K-6 & the Domestic Church

(***Note to teachers leading discussion: avoid pressuring students who have been adopted or have family members who have been adopted/in foster care from sharing their story unless they volunteer. Privacy is important to families, especially when it comes to the topic of adoption and foster care***)


When Jesus was a little child King Herod, afraid of what Jesus might do when he grew up, ordered all of the children of Bethlehem to be killed. Thankfully, Jesus escaped to Egypt with his mom and dad. Let’s pray together and learn how we can love every person more, no matter how young or … Continue reading…

Marian shrine in La Crosse draws faithful

Dubuque parish’s groups among its many visitors

By Dan Russo
Witness Editor

OLG TripLA CROSSE, Wis. — With pilgrimages being encouraged greatly during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, people have many options when deciding which holy sites to visit — whether that be the Holy Door at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque or somewhere else in a foreign land.

But you don’t have to go to Rome or Lourdes to find a place as beautiful as many of the most famous shrines in the … Continue reading…

Sister Water Project gives drink to the thirsty

Franciscan charity embodies Corporal Work of Mercy

By Jill Kruse
Witness Editorial Assistant

Africa1DUBUQUE — When a friend told her about a service trip to Honduras in 2008, Sheri Hosek, a member of Resurrection Parish in Dubuque, knew she wanted to be part of it. She had been searching for some new way to live out her passion for social justice, and a trip with the Sisters of Saint Francis of Dubuque to help provide villages in Central America with access to clean water sounded like … Continue reading…

Live Nativity at family farm enkindles Christmas spirit

Events to include interactive ‘Streets of Bethlehem’

By Dan Russo
Witness Editor

IMG_0286SCOTCH GROVE — A family farm outside Scotch Grove will be hosting a unique live Nativity play for the second time, with some from the original cast and crew, including the animals, returning for the events.

This year’s performances, scheduled for Dec. 12-13, will feature something new. The “Streets of Bethlehem” will be open an hour before the play performances for visitors who wish to be transported back in time to a thoroughfare in the … Continue reading…

Made in Bethlehem: business owner helps Holy Land Christians

Entreprenuer travels U.S.; visits Dubuque parishes regularly

By Dan Russo
Witness Editor

DSC_0129DUBUQUE — Growing up in his hometown of Bethlehem, Sami Abufarha, a Palestinian Christian, saw his mother get shot in the city where Mary gave birth to Jesus.

“Life was beautiful,” recalled the young man. “Then we started seeing some things; how people are mistreated. It started when I was 6-years-old. We were playing in the streets. We were kids. We were throwing rocks at the Israeli soldiers. (My mother) went to grab … Continue reading…

Students give thanks for life with diaper drive

By Jill Kruse
Witness Editorial Assistant

IMG_007CEDAR RAPIDS — Though every baby is different, it’s not uncommon for newborns to go through as many as a dozen diapers or more a day – needless to say, all those diapers add up quickly, as do their cost. Students at LaSalle Middle School in Cedar Rapids are hoping to ease that expense for some new parents through a “diaper drive” that has them collecting diapers and other baby supplies that they’ll distribute to pregnancy support centers in the … Continue reading…

Archbishop’s instructions

Archbishop JackelsIntroduction

With the document Misericordiae Vultus (translation: The Face of Mercy), our Holy Father Pope Francis announced an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy (from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016).

The purpose of the Year of Mercy is to remind us of what mercy is, that God is merciful, that Jesus is the embodiment of God’s mercy, and that the followers of Jesus continue his mission of mercy in the ministries of the Church, as well as in their personal lives of faith.

The Holy Father also wants to encourage us to take … Continue reading…

Cyclist rides for El Salvador partner parishes

Cathedral parish member going 450 miles over six days

By Dan Russo
Witness Editor

Microsoft Word - 2015 Bicycle Trek for El Salvador.docxDUBUQUE — For Kevin Schwendinger, a member of St. Raphael Cathedral Parish in Dubuque, the rubber is literally hitting the road as he pedals through a unique physical and spiritual journey.

The cycling enthusiast is now bicycling from St. Joseph, Minnesota, to St. Catherine, Iowa. This 450-mile trek along the Great River Road and through the heart of Minnesota is designed to benefit the ministries … Continue reading…