Father Charles Zanoni of the Order of the Scalabrinians served in parishes around the East Coast of the United States and the world for over 50 years. The Blessed Bishop Giovanni Battista Scalabrini founded the order in 1887 to provide for the spiritual needs of Italians immigrating to the United States. Today, the order has expanded its focus from just Italian migrants to serving immigrant and refugee populations around the world regardless of their country of origin. The collection covers two aspects of Catholic American history. First, the collection covers the organizational history of the order. There are research materials on St. Charles Borromeo and the founder, Bishop Scalabrini. Additionally, there are documents from important events in the order’s history, such as a circular letter written by Reverend Domencio Vicentini in 1905 after the death of Scalabrini, and a message from the Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, then Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, to the order. In addition to the organizational history of the Scalabrinians, this collection documents many of the important moments during Father Charles’s time in the Church through photographs, greeting cards, and an extensive collection of over 100 prayer cards. Therefore, through these archives researchers can get an idea of the work of a Catholic organization, and the roles and contributions of an individual within the institution.
Series I: Papers
Series II: Photographs
Series III: Pictures
Series IV: Prayer Cards
Series V: Audiocassette: General Audience of the Holy Father John Paul II to the General Chapter of the Missionaries of Saint Charles/Scalabrinians