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Images of Sanctity: Holy Cards of the Catholic Church, 1800 to the Present

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Pocket-sized images of religious figures, known as Holy Cards, first appeared in the 1500s.  These cards, which were created to be carried around or simply displayed in a person’s home, allowed everyday people to bring saints and other religious figures in to their day-to-day lives.  

The Rev. Eugene Carrella, priest of the Archdiocese of New York, has one of the largest collections of historical Holy Cards in the country.  Using Fr. Carrella’s collection, this exhibit traces the changing style and function of Holy Cards from the 1800s through the present, focusing wherever possible on the connection of Holy Cards with the Archdiocese of New York.

To explore the Holy Cards featured in this exhibit, and to learn more about their use in the Archdiocese of New York, please use the menu. To find out more about visiting the physical exhibit, including hours and location, please contact the Archives of the Archdiocese of New York at 914-476-6333 or

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