Message from our Director
Dear friends of the Bollandists,
It is Saturday morning and I am alone in our library writing these lines. The week has passed even faster than the previous one with each day bringing its variety of activities. Just a few years ago, there were seven of us, at most; now we number 13, not counting the visitors. Four Bollandist researchers, one editorial secretary, one accountant, one communications and development manager, one cataloguer, and another three cataloguers working on the project subsidised by the Baillet Latour Fund cataloguing our rare books. To this are added volunteers: two assistant librarians and one cataloguer. Book carts roll, computer keyboards clatter, wooden files bang, the elevator goes back and forth between the first and fifth floors, the printer heats up, the doorbell rings (a reader comes to consult a manuscript), the phone rings… All this activity for the saints, the study of their lives and worship… Yes, they are an essential element of our history, which we want to preserve and highlight. You are helping us to do so and we are grateful to you.
Robert Godding SJ
A rare book acquired by our library
On the occasion of the 54th International Congress of Medieval Studies we offer:
Novum Supplementum (50 EUR.); BGH (50 EUR.); BHG Novum Auctarium (25 EUR.)!
Offer valid until June 30. Postage excluded.
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Last month in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies was held. More than 3,000 medievalists, both researchers and enthusiasts attended.
The Bollandist Society also participated for the first time, manning a stand with some of our publications and all the information on our history and activities. Irini de Saint Sernin, responsible for our Society’s Development and Communications, presented our projects, hagiographical and others and was impressed by the interest our presence sparked.
Help us ensure the future of our centuries old research centre. If we are to meet today’s multiple challenges and continue being the custodians and scholarly authority of such an important part of our cultural, historical and religious heritage, we need to re-inforce our team, secure our autonomy and allow our Library to welcome scholars in the best possible conditions.
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