National Catholic AIDS Network Records

Span Dates: 1986-2007
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 21 linear feet


The National Catholic AIDS Network Records include correspondence, promotional materials, secondary publications, audiovisual materials, photographs, and educational information. Subjects covered include HIV/AIDS ministry, education and advocacy, organizational and financial information. Records are arranged chronologically.

Hist/Bio Note

The first national gathering of people working in HIV/AIDS ministry took place at Notre Dame University in 1988. In response to the conference, the National Catholic AIDS Network (NCAN) was founded in 1989 by a group of diverse leaders in the Catholic Church, including clergy and lay people, as the only organization devoted exclusively to exclusively to helping the Catholic Church respond with compassion and understanding to the HIV/AIDS crisis. NCAN members were from the United States, but its scope was international, as they raised awareness and money for the international AIDS crisis. The organization concentrated on helping Catholic agencies, communities, and individuals by providing educational resources, including conferences, videos, posters, lectures, and pamphlets. NCAN also hosted annual conferences about HIV/AIDS ministry between 1988 and 2006. On August 1, 2007, NCAN ceased staffing and office operations due to financial difficulties after nearly twenty years of service and HIV/AIDS education.

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available.


This collection is housed at Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections. NCAN’s relationship with Loyola University Chicago started in 1990 with offices and conference space being provided by the university.


AIDS | Catholic (Roman) | Activist (religious institutions)