By VICTOR CALDERON
The Diocese of Tucson has hired a new archivist to collect and gather its rich history.
Ana-Elisa Arredondo joined the Diocese in October and will be in charge of the diocesan Archives and Library at St. Ambrose Parish, 300 S. Tucson Blvd.
Arredondo spent the past four years dedicated to caring for archival collections at the University of Arizona Special Collections and Arizona State Museum. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art (Painting/Drawing) in 2007 and a Master of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science (emphasis in Archives) in 2012 at Arizona.
Working with the history of the university brought some overlap with the St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center, the diocesan parish on campus.
“You can’t mention Tucson or the U of A without including the impact that Catholic community has had in the area,” Arredondo said.
She said she wants to make the diocesan archives, which include books, photographs, old newspaper clippings and vestments, accessible to all, particularly online.
“Archives are where we store our memories and can access them through documents and photos,” Arredondo said. “Our diocesan archives can help us all to rediscover what it means to be Catholic.”
Other recent additions to the diocesan Pastoral Center staff are Dene Hummon, Development Officer with the Notre Dame ACE Academies; Teresa Moreno, Payroll Coordinator and Sylvia Ramirez, temporary Safety Program Coordinator for the Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection.