Relic Collection on Display at CBU

Catholic relicMemphis- Christian Brothers University is proud to announce that the “Relic Collection,” belonging to the De La Salle Archives of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest District, will be on exhibit from January 1 through May 31, 2011 on the main level of Plough Memorial Library.

The 358 relics are exhibited publically once every three years so that students and others interested, can view them and learn about the relics’ history in the Catholic Tradition. The look of the exhibit has recently been modernized to help students and others to better understand the men and women saints whom it honors.

A relic, as defined by The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, is an object kept and reverenced as a memorial of a holy person or saint.  Relics include bodily remains of such persons i.e. bones as well as objects that once belonged to them or which they touched i.e. clothing. For an object to be classified as a relic, it must be certified as authentic by Church authority, and may not be bought or sold for money. 

This collection contains the relics of many saints whose names are familiar to us; Thomas, Aloysius Gonzaga, Ambrose, Anastasia, Andrew the Apostle, Anthony of Padua, Benedict, Clare of Assisi, Dominic, Francis of Assisi, Francis Xavier Cabrini, Ignatius, Saint John the Apostle, John Baptist de la Salle, Joseph and Mary, Martin de Porres, the Apostles Matthew, Peter and Paul, Simon, John the Baptist, Teresa of Jesus, Valentine and Vincent de Paul.   It also includes the relics of others whose names do not immediately spring to mind but are nonetheless, saints.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours at the Plough Memorial Library are Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Closed; and Sunday, 1:00-11:00 p.m. Hours may vary due to University schedules. Call (901) 321-3243 to verify, or visit the website at   ###

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