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Catholic Peace Fellowship Collected Records


Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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An educational service conducted by Catholic members of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Catholic Peace Fellowship developed in the aftermath of the encyclical Pacem in Terris of Pope John XXIII in 1962. Activism included support for Vietnam era anti-war activists such as Daniel and Philip Berrigan.

The Catholic peace Fellowship (CPS) was founded in 1964 as "An Educational Service Conducted by Catholic Members of the Fellowship of Reconciliation." It offered "a film and tape library," as well as "training programs in nonviolent direction action," and "expert and immeditaely available legal and moral counseling for conscientious objectors, draft resisters and others with draft problems," among other services and programs. Penelope Adams Moons writes, "Founded in 1964 by Catholics close to the Catholic Worker Movement and to Thomas Merton, the well-known Cistercian monk, the CPF quickly became the epicenter around which American Catholics could protest the Vietnam War." The CPF focused a great deal on mailings and disseminating information and support for peace causes.

This small collection consists of mailings or print-outs from the CPF, filed by date.

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the records of this organization.

Received through mailings from the Catholic Peace Fellowship.

This collection processed and finding aid produced by Anne Yoder, Archivist, June 2018.

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Material, 1964-1969.
Box 1
Material, 1970-1979.
Box 1
Material, 1980-1989.
Box 1
Material, 1990-2012.
Box 1
Material, 2013-.
Box 1
Peace Education Supplement (#1-5), 1974-1983.
Box 1

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