CARA Member News, Feb. 25, 2014

Title image for Communities of the Word: Stories of the Chicago Province, 1895-2012
We have two news items to share from our friends at the Robert M. Myers Archives of the Society of the Divine Word:

Peter Gunther, Archives Specialist, would like to announce that he received his Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certification earlier this month. Here is a link about the DAS program:

Marcia Stein, Archivist, would like share exciting news about the publication of a book that has been four years in the making:

The Robert M. Myers Archives proudly announces the publication of Communities of the Word: Stories of the Chicago Province, 1895-2012, which it sponsored and for which it supplied research assistance. The Society arrived in North America and established the Techny community north of Chicago in 1899. From there the Society grew to include communities throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Their histories make up the compiled stories of Communities of the Word, written by the men who lived, learned, and worked in their communities. Like Charles Dickens’ serialized novels, a new chapter will appear every month. Unlike the Dickens serializations, the medium is electronic. A new installment will appear each month on the Chicago Province website, under Resources, on the Robert M. Myers Archives Holdings page or by using this link:  
Congratulations to Peter and Marcia for these outstanding accomplishments!

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CARA Member News, Feb. 6, 2014

Joan Sweeney
A couple of pieces of CARA member news to share:

Our dear friend Joan Sweeney welcomes your thoughts and prayers as she undergoes treatment for Stage II ovarian cancer. Joan is in good spirits and is very hopeful about the outcome of her treatments. If you would like to contact Joan directly, her email address is

Jerice Barrios
At the Cenacle Archives, Jerice Barrios has been named Archivist for the North American Province of the Cenacle. Sister Mary Hennessey is stepping down from the position of Archivist but will continue at the Archives on a part-time basis to help with unprocessed collections. Jerice received her Master's in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2001 and worked in the Photo Archives of The Field Museum until 2010. She joined the Cenacle Archives in 2011, first as a Project Archivist and later as Associate Archivist. Jerice is excited to take on the role of Archivist and wishes to express deep gratitude to Sister Mary Hennessey for her support and her years of mentorship.

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