Opening September 28, 2016
Holy Cards, pocket-sized images of religious figures, first appeared in the 1500s, and continue to be used in the Catholic Church to this day. These cards allow everyday people establish a personal connection with the saints, and to remember the stories of religious figures in their day-to-day lives. The value of these cards comes from a person’s connection to the saint and the meaning imposed on that relationship. Although the style of Holy Cards has changed through the years, their purpose—devotional reminder; commemorative memorial; story of a saint—has not.
This new exhibit from the Archives of the Archdiocese of New York features Holy Cards from the collection of the Rev. Eugene Carella, who has one of the largest collections of historical Holy Cards in the country. The exhibit traces the changing style and function of Holy Cards from the 1800s through the present, focusing specifically on the connection of Holy Cards with the Archdiocese of New York.