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“Make Me An Instrument of Thy Peace”: The 50th Anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s Visit to New York City

On September 8, 1965, a historic announcement came from the Vatican Radio: Pope Paul VI would be the first sitting pope to visit the Western Hemisphere.  Accepting an invitation from U Thant, Secretary-General of the United Nations, to address the UN General Assembly, Pope Paul arrived in New York City on October 4, 1965 to bring a message of peace to the members of the United Nations and to the larger world.  During the fourteen hours he spent in New York City, he was seen in person by over one million people, and made stops in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens.

This exhibit highlighted all of the stops on Pope Paul’s historic trip, and included photographs and memorabilia from the 14 hours he spent in New York City.

The exhibit ran from June 2015 through August 2016.


“Strong Minds, Generous Hearts, and Powerful Arms”: A History of the Foundations of the Archdiocese of New York


Since it was established over 200 years ago, the Archdiocese of New York has been a major force in both New York City and the larger world.  From its origins in St. Peter’s Church, Barclay Street, to the over 400 parishes that exist today, generations of New York Catholics have truly, as Archbishop John Hughes said at the laying of the cornerstone of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, put their “strong minds, generous hearts, and powerful arms” to work building what to this day remains a foundation of the everyday lives of millions of people.  While many are familiar with the major dates and players of the Archdiocese’s history, this exhibit, while not overlooking those important features, also draws attention to lesser-known people, events, and places, with particular attention on the charitable works overseen by the Archdiocese and the various religious groups operating within it.

The exhibit ran from October 2014 through June 2015.