The Archives at Monte Fano

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The Archives at Monte Fano

In books lies the soul of the whole PastTime; the articulate audible voice of thePast, when the body and the materialsubstance of it has altogether vanishedlike a dream.All that mankind has done, thought,gained or been: it is lying as in magicpreservation in the pages of books” (Thomas Carlyle in ‘The Hero as a Man of Letters’).

Archives are important because they provide evidence of activities and tell us more about individuals and institutions. They tell stories. They also increase our sense of identity and understanding of cultures. They can even ensure justice.Records weren’t usually created for the purpose of historical research so they often provide a less biased account of events than secondary sources.

The archives of the Congregation is housed at Monte Fano. Most of the historial facts and documents pertaining to the 170 years of our presence in the Island is well preserved here. The refurbished and updated archives was blessed by our confrere Bishop Cletus Perera OSB on the 14th of July after the Jubilee mass of Fr. Gregory Leonidas.

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