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Catholic Church Spiritual Essays and Meditations, 18-

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Pitts Theology Library

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Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/gk7x3

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Catholic Church.
Title: Catholic Church Spiritual Essays and Meditations, 18-
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 273
Extent: 0.33 cubic ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Consists of spiritual essays, prayers, and meditations of mid 19th century Catholics.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

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Unrestricted access.

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May not be photocopied due to preservation concerns.


[after identification of item(s)], Catholic Church Spiritual Essays and Meditations, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Courtney Williams, 2004.

Collection Description

Scope and Content Note

This is a collection of spiritual essays, prayers, and meditations of mid 19th century Catholics. The collection consists of five bound manuscripts with both original compositions and transcribed selections, written mostly in English but with some Latin as well. Two of the five volumes were written or transcribed by the following women: Dame Mary Scholastia Dean, Dame Mary Gertrude Sweeney, and Dame Mary Stanislaus Spencer. Four of the five volumes have bookplates inside the cover that read “Ex Libris Monasterii, Sanctae Scholasticae. O.S.B. Teignmouth,” with the “O.S.B.” presumably indicating the Order of the St. Benedict since Teignmouth was also a Benedictine monastery.

Other topics included in the manuscripts include funeral services, meditations for various spiritual holidays/observations, the Eucharist, purgatory, and indulgences.

Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Meditations written by Dame Mary Gertrude Sweeney and transcribed by Dame Mary Scholastia Dean, circa 1860-1873
1 2 Various essays and funeral services, undated
1 3 Meditations for various religious holidays/observations, undated
1 4 Essays and meditations, with Latin entries written by Dame Mary Stanislaus Spencer, undated
1 5 Essays and meditations, undated