Pet­rus Don­ders ar­chi­ves ad­ded to Unes­co MOWLAC Re­gis­ter

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The ar­chi­ves of Fa­ther Pet­rus Don­ders was of­fi­ci­al­ly ad­ded to the Unes­co MOWLAC Re­gis­ter in Oc­to­ber. Re­ports in­di­ca­te that 14 me­ters of ar­chi­ves from the ca­no­ni­zed Don­ders con­sisted of do­cu­ments and let­ters that had been writ­ten by hand and books. This re­cog­ni­ti­on will put Su­ri­na­me on the map and will al­so gi­ve gre­a­ter pu­bli­ci­ty to the cha­ri­ty work that Fa­ther Don­ders did among the le­pers in Su­ri­na­me.

The Bis­hop of Paramaribo, Karel Choen­nie, on Wed­nes­day re­cei­ved the cer­ti­fi­ca­te that in­di­ca­tes that the Ar­chi­ves of Fa­ther Pet­rus Don­ders ha­ve been ad­ded to the Unes­co MOWLAC Re­gis­ter. The cer­ti­fi­ca­te was gi­ven to him by Ri­ta Tjien FoohHard­jo­mo­ha­mad, chair­man of the Re­gi­o­nal Com­mit­tee Unes­co Me­mo­ry of the World for La­tin Ame­ri­ca and the Ca­rib­bean. Choen­nie poin­ted out that this re­cog­ni­ti­on is al­so very spe­ci­al to the Ro­man Ca­tho­lic com­mu­ni­ty and the di­o­ce­se in Su­ri­na­me.

Ac­cor­ding to Bis­hop Choen­nie, Fa­ther Don­der’s col­lec­ti­on will be sto­red sa­fe­ly in the ar­chi­ves of the Ro­man Ca­tho­lic Di­o­ce­se Paramaribo. Re­ports in­di­ca­te that of­fi­ci­als of the Na­ti­o­nal Ar­chi­ves Bu­reau ga­ve the Di­o­ce­se the gr­een light to sto­re the ar­chi­ves in their fa­ci­li­ty. Bis­hop Choen­nie ex­plai­ned that the next step is to di­gi­ti­ze the en­ti­re col­lec­ti­on of Fa­ther Don­ders. Most of the do­cu­ments are cur­rent­ly fra­gi­le. The di­gi­ti­za­ti­on of the col­lec­ti­on will ma­ke it ea­sier for the pu­blic to gain ac­cess to it and will al­so ma­ke it ea­sier for the Di­o­ce­se to sa­fe­ly sto­re the col­lec­ti­on for much lon­ger.

Fa­ther Pet­rus Don­ders was a Ro­man Ca­tho­lic priest who li­ved from 1809 un­til 1887. From 1867 to 1887 he li­ved and wor­ked at Ba­ta­via which was a shel­ter for le­pers lo­ca­ted along the Cop­pe­na­me Ri­ver. Pet­rus Don­ders had li­ved and wor­ked among the na­ti­on’s le­pers at Ba­ta­via for 27 ye­ars.

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