Finks, P. David

Title: P. DAVID FINKS
Date Range: 1965-2009
Location: D.393
Size: 30 boxes

 



Introduction:

 


P. David Finks (1930-2009) was a pastor, teacher, scholar, social activist, and social critic. 

Born in Rochester on February 28, 1930 to parents Perry D. and Frances Gillard Finks, David decided at an early age, along with three of his seven siblings, to enter service to the Catholic Church. In 1944 he entered St. Andrew's Preparatory Seminary in Rochester, New York.  After the requisite six years there, he enrolled in St. Bernard's, one of Rochester's major seminaries. He received his B.A. in 1952 and in 1956 was ordained to the priesthood. From 1956 to 1960, Finks was assistant pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Greece, NY. There he organized a large youth organization and a catechetical school for over a thousand children and young adults.

In 1960, he was appointed chaplain of the Motherhouse of the Rochester Sisters of Mercy and of Our Lady of Mercy High School, where he was also a religious instructor. In 1963 he began teaching introductory courses in scripture and theology to sister postulants and novices at McAuley Junior College. In 1964 he began his studies for a Master's Degree in Religious Education at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Finks worked hard to stay abreast of contemporary issues and to keep current in his studies of scripture, theology, and the liturgy.

In 1965, Finks was moved from his post at Mercy and sent to Rochester’s Immaculate Conception Parish in the inner city by Bishop Lawrence Casey after complaints from several sisters about Finks' liberal theology. The incident dealt a severe blow to Finks’ image of the church and had a profound effect on him and his future. Also in 1965, Finks met Saul Alinsky, a Chicago-based civil rights activist who had been recruited to help the civil rights movement in Rochester following the 1964 Race Riots. Finks became one of the few white members of FIGHT, a post-‘64 Rochester Race Riots civil rights organization supported by Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation. In an update letter to the Ford Foundation, (which awarded Finks a Ford Foundation grant to write Saul Alinsky's biography), Finks wrote of Alinsky, "I admit that he had a crucial effect on my life and way of doing things." At Immaculate Conception Church, Finks began working with Father Robert Kreckel to open up the parish facilities and school to the community at large, to involve black parishioners in the FIGHT civil rights activist organization, to use the parish as a forum for public issues, and to create an environment for Catholics from other parishes to engage in active community efforts.

In December 1966, Rochester Bishop Fulton J. Sheen appointed Finks the Episcopal Vicar of Urban Ministry, a post which he kept until June 1969. As Vicar of Urban Ministry, Finks worked closely with Alinsky and the Reverend Herbert D. White, director of the Board of Urban Ministry for the eight Protestant denominations represented in the area's Council of Churches. Finks and White established the Joint Office of Urban Ministry which was designed to "help urban and suburban communities organize around economic and political issues which affected them." Through this office, Finks, in ecumenical cooperation with others, labored to ameliorate economic disparities and to help address political issues through parish support and resources. Throughout this period, Finks also taught theology and social ethics at Mercy High School and McAuley College, the Sisters of Mercy convent school where he encouraged students to perform community service.

In June 1969, Finks was appointed to be Associate Director of the Division for Urban Affairs of the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) and moved to Washington, D.C. There he worked as a consultant to a variety of dioceses and religious organizations interested in new forms of urban ministry. During his three years on the staff of the USCC, Finks helped create the Campaign for Human Development (CHD), the national church's primary funding source for social justice work.  Although he had no formal pastoral duties, Finks did conduct occasional liturgies for a group of adults at Georgetown University. He stayed at this post until October 1972.

For Finks, the priesthood entailed certain strictures which he questioned and with which he struggled. He privately acknowledged that he struggled with the decision to resign from the priesthood altogether, especially as he had no interest in parish ministry or pastoral leadership. In addition, Finks was frustrated with the Catholic Church's responses to "human needs in actual situations." In 1974 he formally petitioned the Rochester Diocese for dispensation from his priestly obligations. He summarized his efforts as a priest and as a reformer in the last sentence of a paper he authored on the Inner City, "I'm an evangelist in reverse: instead of getting people to join the Church, I try to get the Church to join the people."

After resigning from the priesthood, Finks taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Notre Dame University while earning a PhD in urban sociology at Union for Experimental Colleges and Universities, a consortium of ten liberal arts colleges with headquarters on the campus of Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio. His dissertation was entitled Crisis in Smugtown: A Study of Conflict, Churches, and Citizen Organizations in Rochester New York, 1964-1969 (PhD, 1975) – a study in the causes of the 1964 Rochester Race Riots, and the recovery efforts following.

On September 6, 1975, Finks married Christy C. Bulkeley, executive publisher of the local newspaper in Saratoga Springs, NY. With its artistic community, libraries, and civic opportunities, Saratoga was a period of great happiness and fruitfulness for the newlyweds. The couple moved to Danville, Illinois in 1976 when Christy was promoted to executive publisher for Gannett Newspapers' much larger Commercial-News, and she soon afterward won the Headliner Award for Women in Communications. However, Finks found his role as the husband of a successful career woman jarred with their conservative Illinois community, and despite his serving on the local symphony board and creating and managing a system of legal guardians for children who were wards of the district court, Danville was not a happy time for Finks. In 1984, with financial assistance from a Ford Foundation Grant, Finks published The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky, the first biography written about his mentor, Saul Alinsky. In 1985, Finks returned to Rochester and created and managed the Downtown Community Forum for St. Mary's Church. He also served on the diocesan social justice board and the board of St. Bernard's Institute, successor to his seminary.

In 1994, Finks and his wife retired to Sanford, North Carolina, where he served on the boards of Heart of Carolina Jazz Society and the Lee County Community Orchestra; led Bible study groups at St. Stephen church; continued Christmas Eve and Easter Sunrise services after the death of the founder, Chaplain Carl McNally; wrote program notes for the Temple Theatre playbill; was a guardian ad litem for the Juvenile Court; and participated in the Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Luke Church.

P. David Finks died on June 10, 2009 at the E. Carlton Powell Hospice Center in Lillington after a long period of declining health. The memorial mass was held on June 20, 2009, St. Mary's Church, Rochester, New York.

Finks’ papers collected in Rare Books/Special Collections begin with writings by David Finks and then move to documentation of Finks’ life and work, including material and some correspondence relating to Catholic Council of Urban Ministries, Campaign for Human Development, and the Downtown (Rochester) Community Forum. Next are Finks’ personal records which are combined elements of both a journal and a scrapbook. Contained in binders, they are a combination of journal entries, articles, letters, cards, flyers, programs, and anything else that was meaningful to him. There are a few gaps, but the journals cover from 1985-2007. Finally, the last few boxes are articles and letters regarding people and issues, largely religious, of interest to Finks as well as personal correspondence and photographs.

The collection was a gift of St. Bernard’s Seminary Library, March 2010.  Rare Books and Special Collections thanks the following for their help and support: Sheila Smyth, Librarian, St. Bernard’s Seminary Library; Mr. Anthony J. Finks, Rochester, NY (brother), and Larry Coppard Ph.D., Detroit MI (longtime friend and associate of David Finks).

Abbreviations:
n.d. not dated
[ ] educated guess made by the author of the register; [ ?] if less certain
AU Author Unknown.
TS Typescript
MS Manuscript

Boxes:
Scrapbook, 1966-67
Box 1: Research on Saul Alinsky
Box 2: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky
Box 3: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky
Box 4: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky
Box 5: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky and Additional Published Works
Box 6: Additional Published Works
Box 7: Unpublished Works, Including Dissertation
Box 8: Dissertation
Box 9: Unpublished Works and Writing Materials
Box 10: Catholic Council of Urban Ministries
Box 11: Catholic Council of Urban Ministries (cont.)
Box 12: Campaign for Human Development (CHD)
Box 13: Campaign for Human Development (CHD) (cont.)
Box 14: Organizations (A-Na)
Box 15: Organizations (Ne-W)
Box 16: People, (A-G)
Box 17: People, (H-Sheen)
Box 18: People (Sheen-T) and Personal
Box 19: Personal Records (1965 - 1989)
Box 20: Personal Records (1989-1998)
Box 21: Personal Records (1999-2007) and Notebooks
Box 22: Personal Correspondence (1950s-2006)
Box 23: Photographs (flat)
Box 24: Church and Religion-Related (A-Inf)
Box 25: Church and Religion-Related (Ini-Priesthood [General])
Box 26: Church and Religion-Related (Preisthood [Celibacy]-U)
Box 27: Prayer Groups
Box 28: Contemporary Issues (A-No)
Box 29: Contemporary Issues (NY-W)
Box 30: Audio/Visual Materials
 


 


Scrapbook, 1966-1967

(All articles appear on one page or one column and are original unless otherwise noted.)

 

  • "Sacred Heart Interracial Program Set." Publication unknown. [Early May 1966].
  • "Catholics Discuss Race Issue." Times-Union. 16 May 1966.
  • "Plan Evening Mass, Panel for Interracial Sunday." Times-Union. [Early] May 1966, with photograph.
  • Kanka, Fr. Robert J. "Faith Put to Practice, Answer to Race Problems." Catholic Courier Journal. 22 May 1966.
  • McKee, Mary. "Civil Rights Said Savior of Church." Democrat and Chronicle. 23 June 1966.
  • "Priests 'Updated' in Fisher Workshop." Catholic Courier Journal. 1 July 1966, with photograph.
  • Letter to the Editor: "Newspaper Practices Under Fire." Democrat and Chronicle. 19 October 1966. (exchange on the Letter to the Editor page between Finks and the Editor (or his representative) regarding the responsibilities of a public press)
  • Carpenter, C.E., Editor, Democrat and Chronicle. 13 October 1966. Letter from the Editor to Rev. Finks regarding above item.
  • Sheen, Bishop Fulton. Letter appointing Finks to the position of Episcopal Vicar, a new position established by Vatican II, effective January 25, 1967. 3 January 1967.
  • "Sheen Appoints a Vicar for Poor." The New York Times. 4 January 1967.
  • "Militant Priest Named Sheen's Rochester Vicar." World Journal Tribune Special. 4 January 1967.
  • Donavan, Brian. "Sheen Appoints Vicar for Slums." Democrat and Chronicle. 4 January 1967, with photograph.
  • Stone, Desmond. "Bishop Sheen Names Vicar for Inner City." Times-Union. 4 January 1967, with photograph.
  • "A Priest for the Poor." Catholic Courier Journal. 6 January 1967, with photograph.
  • Kifner, John. "Sheen Suggests New Aid to Poor." The New York Times. 6 January 1967.
  • "Sheen Names Activist in First Appointment." [NCR?]. 11 January 1967.
  • Sold, Rose. "Priests to Elect Bishop's 'Senate'." Publication unknown. n.d.
  • "Urban Vicar to Talk to Relations Council." Democrat and Chronicle. 31 January 1967, with photograph.
  • Van Hoffman, Nicholas. "Picture's Fuzzy as Kodak Fights FIGHT." The Washington Post, 9 January 1967. Photocopy.
  • Ridgeway, James. "Attack on Kodak." The New Republic, 21 January 1967. Photocopy.
  • Berry, Warren. "Rochester's 'Union of Poor' Challenges Giant Kodak." Daily News, Springfield, Mass. 1 February 1967, with photograph.
  • Boller, Chuck. "Priest Backs FIGHT." Democrat and Chronicle, 2 February 1967, with photograph.
  • "Roman Catholics, New Career for Sheen." Time Magazine. February 10, 1967, with photographs.
  • "Kodak Refuses FIGHT Request for More Talks." Times-Union. 27 February 1967.
  • "Clerics Defend FIGHT Telegram." Times-Union. 27 February 1967.
  • "Controversy Mounts on FIGHT Telegram."Democrat and Chronicle. 29 February 1967.
  • "Florence Tags Report 'Untrue, Malicious." Democrat and Chronicle. 24 February 1967.
  • "The Fight Case." Democrat and Chronicle. 24 February 1967.
  • "Clerics Defend FIGHT Telegram." Times-Union. 27 February 1967. (duplicate)
  • Erwin, Jack F. "'Think Metropolitan,' Suburb Residents Urged." Times-Union. 24 February 1967, with photograph.
  • TS statement by Reverend Herbert D. White and Reverend P. David Finks defending FIGHT's approach to the racial issues between Kodak and the black community. n.d.
  • Editorial Page. "No Place for Violence." Times-Union. 27 February 1967.
  • Friends of FIGHT Newsletter Volume 1, Number 1, February 1967. Cover page features "The Kodak - FIGHT 'Discussions,'" a short statement of purpose, defending FIGHT's position regarding Kodak hiring practices and is intended to "provide the public with these basic facts." Said statement is bordered by a collage of overlaid headlines from various newspaper articles about Kodak and FIGHT dated September 15, 1966 through January 12, 1967.
  • Grooms, Mary. "Who Speaks for the City's Negroes?" ( refutation to FIGHT and its clergyman's efforts). Publication unknown. n.d.
  • "FIGHT Given Credit for Good Work" Publication unknown. n.d.
  • Bowden Ramona B. "Rev. Finks Hits 'Poverty in Midst of Affluence' as a Sin." Syracuse Pool Standard. 6 March 1967.
  • Entrance ticket to "The Catholic Interracial Council's Corporate Communion and Breakfast" on Syracuse. New York. n.d.

 


Box 1: Research on Saul Alinsky

Folders:

 

 

 

  1. "Community Organization," 1974-1975, Notebook
  2. "Social Action," 1975-1976, Notebook
  3. "Notes - Re: Alinsky Study," 1977, Notebook
  4. "Alinsky Notes Begun 1/27/78," 1978, Notebook
  5. "Social Action Notes 4/11/78," 1978, Notebook
  6. List of publications regarding Alinsky, 1938-1992, Bound
  7. Saul Alinsky Interview (1), DVD (in Box 30: Audio/Visual Materials)
  8. Saul Alinsky Interview (2), DVD (in Box 30: Audio/Visual Materials)
  9. "The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy," DVD (in Box 30: Audio/Visual Materials)
  10. Fazio, Tony (collected and organized by), Why Organize, collection of articles on community organization, n.d., Booklet

 


Box 2: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Research and publications about Saul Alinsky, 1990-1991 (post-publication)
  2. Publishing efforts regarding, including query letters and responses, 1976-1990
  3. Material from Finks' editing, 1976-1984
  4. Paulist Press book contract, correspondence, and promotion materials, 1982-1990
  5. Reviews, 1984-1987
  6. Three Interviews of Finks regarding Alinsky and his book The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky, 1984, CD (59 min)
  7. Footnotes, n.d.

 


Box 3: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky

Folders:

  1. 1979 Draft, TS with MS revisions (1 of 3)
  2. 1979 Draft, TS with MS revisions (2 of 3)
  3. 1979 Draft, TS with MS revisions (3 of 3)
  4. 1980 Draft, TS with MS revisions (1 of 4)
  5. 1980 Draft, TS with MS revisions (2 of 4)
  6. 1980 Draft, TS with MS revisions (3 of 4)

 


Box 4: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky

Folders:

  1. 1980 Draft, TS with MS revisions (4 of 4)
  2. 1981 Draft, TS with MS revisions (1 of 1)
  3. 1983 Draft, TS with MS revisions (1 of 3)
  4. 1983 Draft, TS with MS revisions (2 of 3)
  5. 1983 Draft, TS with MS revisions (3 of 3)
  6. Galleys, 1983

 


Box 5: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky and Additional Published Works

Folders:

  1. General Alinsky articles, interviews about him in which Finks participated, 1988-2007
  2. Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF): a congregation-based citizens foundation founded by Saul Alinsky in 1940, Edward T. Chambers became its Executive Director after Alinsky died, 1988-2002
  3. Interview and promotion schedules, letters, correspondence with publicist Carol DeChant, 1984
  4. The Love Song of Saul Alinsky (a "play with music," based on the life of Saul Alinsky, presented in Chicago, 1998). Material includes playbills, reviews, emails from and to Finks, and the original script, 1997-2006
  5. Maritain, Jacques, material about the French philosopher, an admirer of Alinsky, 1982-1985
  6. Panacea Press, Geoff Hughes and Finks' efforts to run a second printing of The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky, 1991
  7. Paulist Press, invoices and royalties, 1984-1990
  8. Polaris Group Option, Michael Dieden. Material regarding efforts to make The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky into a film, 1983-1987
  9. Post-publication correspondence regarding The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky, including material regarding a reprint in 1990, 1979-1990
  10. The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and his Legacy. Material pertaining to Finks' interview for the documentaryand the screening, 1997-1999

 


Additional Published Works - Publications are arranged chronologically. They consist of articles Finks wrote and they are divided into folders by name of publication the article appeared in. There are also two folders of Finks' writings in miscellaneous publications.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Finks' articles in miscellaneous newspaper and magazine publications such as National Catholic Reporter,Commonweal,Catholic Free Press, and Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 1970-1995
  2. Finks' contributions to miscellaneous, bound booklets with a central theme, 1973-1988
  3. The Catholic Standard, 1970

 


Box 6: Additional Published Works

Publications are arranged chronologically, grouped by publication where appropriate.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. City Newspaper, 1986-1987
  2. The Church in the World Today, 1972
  3. Urban Mission / Urban Challenges, n.d.
  4. Courier Journal, 1969-1986
  5. Artistic renderings by students for the articles in the previous folder
  6. The Yardstick, 1969-1970
    While Asst. Director of the Division of Urban Life of the USCC Department of Social Development, Finks substituted for Msgr. George Higgins, who wrote a weekly article for The Yardstick, a subset of the North Carolina News Service
  7. An article for New Theology Review and correspondence regarding magazine's unauthorized edits to Finks' work, 1987-1988
  8. Book Reviews (Miscellaneous essays of books Finks reviewed), 1976 - 1992
  9. Notes about and the final draft of The Action Planning Center and the Urbanarium, July 1973

 


Box 7: Unpublished Works, Including Dissertation

This material includes sermons and speeches, essays on Saul Alinsky, Finks' doctoral dissertation.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Handwritten notes for sermons or talks, 1966
  2. Notes for sermons and talks, 1967-1972
  3. Notes for sermons and talks, n.d.
  4. Notes for sermons and prayer group preparations, 1996-1999
  5. Notes for sermons and talks, 2004-2007
  6. Notes and speeches, volunteerism, community action, social justice, 1979-1986
  7. "The Catholic Church and Saul Alinsky,", n.d.
  8. "Saul Alinsky and the Churches,", n.d.
  9. Community organizing notes, 1988
  10. Dissertation - Crisis in Smugtown: a study of conflict, churches, and citizen organizations in Rochester, New York, 1964-1969
  11. Dissertation - several progressive versions of Finks' doctoral dissertation abstract, copyright certificate, and his professor's (Bill Liu) comments. Union Graduate School, 1974-1977
  12. Dissertation - materials involving the publishing of Finks' dissertation and other works early in his doctoral career, 1976-1988

 


Box 8: Dissertation

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 1975 Draft (1 of 2)
  2. 1975 Draft (2 of 2)
  3. 1977 Draft (1 of 2)
  4. 1977 Draft (2 of 2)

 


Box 9: Unpublished Works and Writing Materials

This material includes handwritten notebooks, and notes and correspondence concerning an unpublished novel Finks considered writing.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Drafts of articles, 1983-1986
  2. Novel, 1988
    Notes and articles pertaining to Finks' ideas for an intended autobiography, interpreted as a novel, about Catholic life and/or the life of a priest, which he appears to have begun outlining in 1988.
  3. Shanahan and Gillard Family Research Notes, n.d.
  4. Writers' Conference: Middlebury College Bread Loaf , 1976

 


Notebooks containing various notes Finks took on books he had read, or while he was writing a sermon, or while listening to someone else's sermon.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 1994-1995 Notebook
    The first half contains notes about the purchase of a home in North Carolina. The second half contains notes plans in development with CHD, sermon notes on a variety of topics, and meeting notes
  2. 2006 Notebook
    Notes on a variety of religious or social justice topics
  3. 1998-2005 Notebook
    Lightly used spiral notebook with notes on a variety of liturgical topics

 


Box 10: Catholic Council of Urban Ministries

Contains memorandums, newsletters, member lists, meeting minutes, correspondence, and articles relating to Catholic Council of Urban Ministries. Materials are grouped in folders chronologically.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 1967-1971
  2. 1972-1973
  3. 1974
  4. 1975
  5. CCUM Fall Conference Proceedings 1975

 


Box 11: Catholic Council of Urban Ministries (cont.)

Contains memorandums, newsletters, member lists, meeting minutes, correspondence, and articles relating to Catholic Council of Urban Ministries. Materials are grouped in folders chronologically.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 1976
  2. CCUM Fall Conference Proceedings 1976
  3. January-October 1977
  4. October-December 1977
  5. 1978
  6. 1979-1981
  7. 1989

 


Box 12: Campaign for Human Development (CHD)

Organized chronologically, folders contain articles, publications, announcments, and correspondence.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Finks' move to Washington, D.C. to work for USCC, 1969
  2. Task Force of the United States Catholic Conference, 1969
  3. Labor Statement, 1969
  4. Task Force of the United States Catholic Conference, 1970
  5. Urbex and Task Force Contract Correspondence, 1970-1972
  6. 1971-1972
  7. 1981, 1985-1988
  8. "Building and Renovation Kit for Places of Catholic Worship," 1986
  9. "A Report on the Campaign for Human Development," 1988
  10. Proposal for "Writer in Residence," 1991
  11. Annual Report, 1992-1993
  12. Articles by Finks, 1994-1995
  13. "Working for Justice: The Campaign for Human Development and Poor Empowerment Groups" (booklet), November 1994
  14. 1994-1995

 


Box 13: Campaign for Human Development (CHD) (cont.)

Organized chronologically, folders contain articles, publications, announcments, and correspondence.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Washington, DC CHD Conversations (loose), November 1994
  2. Washington, DC CHD Conversations (notebook), November 1994/Las Cruces (notebook and loose), March 1995
  3. New Mexico CHD Conversations (loose), March 1995
  4. New York CHD Conversations (loose), 1995
  5. New York CHD Conversations (notebook), March 1995
  6. Las Cruces (notebook), March 1995/St. Louis CHD Conversations (notebook), June 1995
  7. St. Louis CHD Conversations (loose), June 1995
  8. San Francisco CHD Conversations (loose), June 1995
  9. "25th Anniversary Challenge" (booklet), April 1995
  10. CHD 25th Anniversary (blue notebook), 1995
  11. "For 25 Years, We've Been Turning Lives Around," Annual Report (booklet), 1994-1995
  12. Advisory Committee, 1994-1995
    Washington, DC CHD Advisory Conversations Tape Recordings (2 tapes), 18 May 1995, in Box 25 (flat)
  13. 1996-1998

 


Box 14: Organizations (A-Na)

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Alinsky-styled organizations, 1982-1990
  2. Chautauqua Institute,1998-2002
  3. Corpus Christi, Rochester, 1986
  4. Churches and Community Organizations
    (Handwritten notes), n.d.
  5. Downtown Community Forum, 1 of 3, 1987-1992
  6. Downtown Community Forum, 2 of 3, 1987-1992
  7. Downtown Community Forum, 3 of 3, 1987-1992
  8. East Brooklyn Churches (EBC), an IAF organization, 1982-1987
  9. Holy Family Parish, Inverness, Illinois, n.d.
    Study guides to various educational programs
  10. Immaculate Conception Parish, 1964-1971
  11. Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) "Triangle," 1997-1999
  12. National Writers Union, 1983-1985

 


Box 15: Organizations (Ne-W)

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. "New" Organizations, 1977-1983
  2. Pacific Institute for Community Organizations (PICO), 1984-1986
  3. Renew Study, 1994-1995
  4. Retreat, 1994-1998
  5. St. Alban's Sunday Forum, 1993
  6. St. Bernard's Institute, 1984-1985
  7. St. Bernard's Institute, 1990-1997
  8. St. Bernard's Seminary Reunion, 2005-2007
  9. St. Mary's Parish: Social Ministry and Staff Study/Ideas, 1984-1991
  10. Trace Bible Study Notes (Carolina Trace, North Carolina), 2004
  11. United States Catholic Conference (USCC) Task Force on Urban Problems, 1969, 1970s and 1993
  12. Warren Barker Foundation, 1992-1994

 


Box 16: People (A-G)

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Address List, 1970
  2. Atwell, Fr. Henry, 1980
    Obituaries
  3. Bernardin, Cardinal Joseph, 1994-1997
    Mainly news articles about the sex abuse scandal and Bernardin's death.
  4. Browne, Henry J., 1969-1981
    A few of Brown's writings and personal correspondence between Browne and Finks.
  5. Bulkeley, Christy - wife of P. David Finks,1978-2009
    Resume, writings, numerous articles about her role as a woman in leadership and the publishing industry.
  6. Burton, Gabrielle - novelist, screenwriter, 1973-1984
    Personal correspondence with Finks.
  7. Curran, Charles E. - Catholic Theologian who was investigated for his liberal teachings, 1980-1989
    Clipings and Notes
  8. Curran, Charles E., 1999-2007
    By/About
  9. Curran, Charles E., 1967-1987
    Letters and articles regarding his liberal teachings
  10. Day, Dorothy - Catholic Worker for the poor, 1966-1980
  11. Egan, Monsignor John J., 1967-2000
    Correspondence and writings
  12. Engel, Larry, 1997-1998
    Draft of The Campaign for Human Development,
    Saul David Alinsky, and John Courtney Murray:
    Toward a North American Theology
  13. Groppi, Fr. James E., 1967-1968
    Articles on Milwaukee Marches

 


Box 17: People (H-Sheen)

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Higgins, Monsignor George, 2001-2002
    Obituary, eulogies, and biographies
  2. Higgins, Monsignor George, 1972-1989
    Correspondence, writings, andarticles
  3. Horton, Frank - US Representative of the 36th, 1967-1987
    Congressional District of NY
  4. Larson, Ray, n.d.
  5. Kennedy, Robert F. - US Senator of NY, 1966-1968
    Articles and materials regarding his death
  6. Macon, Robert - Rochester Architect,1985-2002
  7. McKevely, William, 1985
  8. Richardson, Steve, 1995-1997
    Correspondence and artwork
  9. Steinfels, Margaret O'Brien, n.d.
  10. Sheen, Bishop Fulton J., 1967-1972
    Correspondence and writings

 


Box 18: People (Sheen-T) and Personal

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Sheen, Bishop Fulton J.,1967-1997
    Articles
  2. Sheen, Bishop Fulton J., 1977, 1979, 2002
    Death and remembrance of Sheen by Finks
  3. Sullivan, Frank, 1974-1986
  4. Tormey, Fr. Daniel P., 1978-1995
  5. Tormey, Fr. Richard, Catholic Courier

 


Personal

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Finks' Education, 1972-1977
  2. Finks' Petition for Laicization, 1972-1974, 2002
  3. Finks' wedding and move to Saratoga, 1974-1976
  4. Finks' correspondence for job searching, 1972-1976
  5. Finks' biographical sketches, curriculum vitae, and obituaries, 1971-2009

 


Box 19: Personal Records (1965 - 1989)

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Urban Ministry and Rochester, 1965-1971
  2. Personal materials, including a reflection on his "non-traditional marriage" called "Panel Discussion for Executive Spouses: Community and Political Involvement," 1984 and n.d.
  3. 1974-1975 (notebook)

 


Personal records kept by Finks; they are combined elements of both a journal and a scrapbook. Contained in binders, they are a combination of journal entries, articles, letters, cards, flyers, programs, and anything else that was meaningful to him. There are a few gaps, but the journals cover from 1985-2007.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 1985 (bound)
  2. 1985-1986
  3. 1986-1988
  4. 1988-1989

 


Box 20: Personal Records (1989-1998)

Personal records kept by Finks; they are combined elements of both a journal and a scrapbook. Contained in binders, they are a combination of journal entries, articles, letters, cards, flyers, programs, and anything else that was meaningful to him. There are a few gaps, but the journals cover from 1985-2007.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 1989-1991
  2. 1991-1992
  3. 1992-1994
  4. 1994-1995
  5. 1995-1996
  6. 1997-1998

 


Box 21: Personal Records (1999-2007) and Notebooks

Personal records kept by Finks; they are combined elements of both a journal and a scrapbook. Contained in binders, they are a combination of journal entries, articles, letters, cards, flyers, programs, and anything else that was meaningful to him. There are a few gaps, but the journals cover from 1985-2007.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 1999-2000
  2. 2000-2002
  3. 2002-2003
  4. 2005-2007

 


Notebooks kept by Finks, with short and bullet-like notes on range of subjects; they are identified by the approximate years he kept them.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 1989-1991 (Binder, 6 1/2 in by 8 1/2 in)
  2. 2001 (Purple, 6 in by 8 1/2 in)
  3. 2003 (Multi-color, 3 in by 5 in)
  4. 2004 (Blue, 5 in by 7 in)
  5. 2006 (Yellow, 5 in by 7 in)

 


Box 22: Personal Correspondence (1950s-2006)

Please note that the majority of the correspondence is actually contained within Finks' personal records, the files on individuals, and within relevant subject areas. What is here is personal correspondence, such as cards.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. "Letters to the Finks' Family" (as labeled by Finks), 1977-1984
  2. Letters, 1965-1984
  3. Letters, 1985
  4. Letters, 1986
  5. Letters, 1987-1989
  6. Letters, n.d. [1990s]
  7. Letters, 1990-1994
  8. Letters, 1998-2006
  9. "Special Letters to Finks" (as labeled by Finks), 1974-2007

 


Box 23: Photographs (flat)

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Personal: portraits (including passport and indentification) of Finks and family, candids from friendly gatherings
  2. Personal: "1971 -btwn courses -birthday party" (as labeled by Finks)
  3. Alinsky and Florence
  4. Album, 1969-1971
  5. Urban Ministry
  6. "CHD First Campaign" (as labeled by Finks)
  7. Washington, DC CHD Advisory Conversations Tape Recordings (2 tapes), 18 May 1995

 


Box 24: Church and Religion-Related (A-Inf)

Topics are listed alphabetically and organized chronologically within folders. Files include clippings, correspondence, and ephemera.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Adult Religious Education, 1991-1997
  2. African Americans, 1991 and 1993
    • course syllabus for The Theology of the Negro Renaissance
    • "Nihilism in Black America" (Cornel West)
  3. Baptism, 1993-1999
  4. Catholic Church, the (religion, Vatican II, liturgical customs), 1987-2000
  5. Church service programs and newsletters miscellany, 1995-1997
  6. Community Organizing - Religious/Church based, 1985-1997
  7. Easter Triduum, various dates
  8. Episcopal, 1995-2004
  9. Ethics and Morality (also, legislating morality), 1989-2009
  10. Eucharist, 1996-1999
  11. "Faith Works" - Newsletter of the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, 1996-2000
  12. Faith and Community Activism (includes United Power for Action and Justice, 1996-2001
  13. Evangelization, 1996-1998
  14. Funeral liturgies, 1985-2006
  15. Gospel of Thomas (Jesus infancy and Childhood), 1998
  16. Hispanic Ministry, 1998-2001
  17. Infallibility and inerrancy, 1995-1996

 


Box 25: Church and Religion-Related (Ini-Priesthood [General])

Topics are listed alphabetically and organized chronologically within folders. Files include clippings, correspondence, and ephemera.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Initiatives, newsletter from the National Center for the Laity, 1977-2004
  2. Islam, 2001-2002
  3. Jesus Debate, 1995-1996
  4. Liturgy and Liturgical Training, 1992-2008
  5. Living as a Catholic (includes two Initiatives newsletters),
  6. Ministry and Mission of the Church, 1992-2003
  7. Miscellany, various dates
    Bible reading, catechism, cloning, grace, faith, fundamentalism, Good Friday, inspiration laying on of hands, Martian life, patience, spirituality, St. Paul, the Trinity, and the Virgin Mary
  8. Parish restructuring, 1990-1998
  9. Parish rights, 1997
  10. Priesthood (Abuse), 2002
  11. Priesthood (General), 1995-1997

 


Box 26: Church and Religion-Related (Priesthood [Celibacy]-U)

Topics are listed alphabetically and organized chronologically within folders. Files include clippings, correspondence, and ephemera.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Priesthood (celibacy/married priesthood), 1988-1997
  2. Religious and Community Development Reports, n.d.
  3. Religion and Politics (includes articles on Liberation theology and public morality), 1983-2008
  4. Right Wing Catholics - Rochester, 1987-1988
  5. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), 1987-2002
  6. Social Justice and the Church, 1970-2000
  7. Urban Ministry, 1968-1998

 


Box 27: Prayer Groups

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Advent and Christmas Scripture Readings, 1999
  2. Advent Season, 2001-2002
  3. Call to Action, 1997
  4. Carolina Trace Years, 1994-1997
  5. Caroline Trace Years, 1997
  6. Carolina Trace Bible Study, 2002-2003
  7. Carolina Trace Bible Study, 2004-2005
  8. Jokes for Men's Prayer Group, 1997
  9. Mile Hi Scripture Institute, 1997
  10. Parish Scripture Groups, 2002
  11. St. Luke Prayer Breakfast, 2002-2004
  12. St. Luke Prayer Breakfast (cont.), 2002-2004

 


Box 28: Contemporary Issues (A-No)

Topics are listed alphabetically and organized chronologically within each folder. Files include clippings, correspondence, and ephemera.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Abortion, 1976-2001
  2. Capital Punishment/Death Penalty, 1977-2006
  3. Children and Infants, 1997
  4. Community Organizing, 1989-1995
  5. Drugs, 1989
  6. Education, 1987-1989
  7. Labor, 1996-1999
  8. Marriage and Family, 1983-1995
  9. Megatrends (articles on the best-selling 1983 book on economic and political trends), 1983-1990
  10. "New Dimensions in Self-Help" (booklet), 1985
  11. Notable People - articles on people such as Martin Luther King, Pat Robertson, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Mother Teresa, etc, 1986-2000

 


Box 29: Contemporary Issues (NY-W)

Topics are listed alphabetically and organized chronologically within each folder. Files include clippings, correspondence, and ephemera.

Folders:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. NYC High School Clinic, 1992
  2. Poverty and Economic Justice, 1971-1999
  3. Saratoga Springs, 1975-1976
  4. Sexuality (teenage sexuality, premarital, and homosexuality), 1993-1996
  5. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Community Education Program, 1972-1974
  6. Urban and City Issues - Secular, 1967-1997
  7. Women's Roles, 1982-1993

 


Box 30: Audio/Visual Materials

Items:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. FIGHT Demonstration Finks Speech, DVD, 3 min
  2. Professor Edward C. Banfield Interview, Shots of FIGHT SQUARE Development, DVD, 29 min 31 sec
  3. Saul Alinsky Interview (1), DVD, 22 min
  4. Saul Alinsky Interview (2), DVD, 22 min
  5. "The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy," DVD, 56 min 40 sec
  6. David Finks 1954-1955, CD, 15 min 47 sec
  7. Meeting of School Board 2/5 Public Saftey Building Part 1: Burkley Support: Mrs. Sibley, #2 Students, Metro Act: Dan Arensmier, Urban Ministry: Perry Fuller, PAR: Larry Tracy, CD, 1 hr 5 min
  8. Meeting of School Board 2/5 Public Saftey Building Part 2: Burkley Support: Mrs. Sibley, #2 Students, Metro Act: Dan Arensmier, Urban Ministry: Perry Fuller, PAR: Larry Tracy, CD, 39 min 20 sec
  9. DIG-Eldridge Cleaver at Syracuse, CD, 47 min 23 sec
  10. Big 5 Mayors: Midred Johnson, Bernie Gifford, Gene Tennis, Mayor May, Part 1, CD, 1 hr 8 min 3 sec
  11. Big 5 Mayors: Midred Johnson, Bernie Gifford, Gene Tennis, Mayor May, Part 2, CD, 22 min 39 sec
  12. St Francis Xavier, Part 1, CD, 53 min 51 sec
  13. St Francis Xavier, Part 2, CD, 54 min 5 sec
  14. CICOP Part 1: Catholic Inter-American Cooperation Program 1971 (Speakers: Harvey Cox, Rosemary Reuther, Panel Discussion), CD, 46 min 52 sec
  15. CICOP Part 2: Catholic Inter-American Cooperation Program 1971 Panel Discussion (Speakers: Harvey Cox, John Seely, Audience Reaction), CD, 45 min 44 sec
  16. Testimonial Dinner Honoring Rev. P. David Finks Part 1, Lifetime Recordings, CD, 29 min
  17. Testimonial Dinner Honoring Rev. P. David Finks Part 2, Lifetime Recordings, CD, 51 min
  18. Dan O'Neil on Trinity and Mystery; Interview Fragment; PSA fragment, CD, 12 min 22 sec