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Raymond T. Bosler memoirs

 Collection — Folder: S2308
Identifier: S2308

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of New Wine Bursting Old Skins: Memories of an Old Priest Longing for a New Church, a self-published memoir written by Rev. Msgr. Raymond Thomas Bosler of Indianapolis, Indiana in 1992. The memoir includes Father Bosler's signature on the title page and a typewritten biographical sketch written by James. E. Farmer on June 9, 1993 and added to the inside front cover.


  • 1992-1993

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Raymond Thomas Bosler was born February 8, 1915 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Raymond L. and Clara G. (Seegers) Bosler. He entered St. Meinrad Seminary in Spencer County, Indiana in the fall of 1928. He was one of three students from the school who were chosen in 1935 to study theology at the North American College in Rome, Italy. Bosler was ordained July 31, 1938 in Rome and received a licentiate in sacred theology (S.T.L.) from Angelicum University in 1939. After World War II, he returned to Rome and earned a doctorate at St. Thomas Univesity with a thesis on spiritual theology. He served the Indianapolis Catholic Archdiocese for more than 50 years and pastored at St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John, Little Flower and Holy Rosary parishes. In 1960, Bosler became the founding editor of The Criterion, a weekly newspaper published by the Archdiocese and remained editor until 1976. He was named a monsignor in 1967 by Pope Paul VI. Rev. Msgr. Raymond T. Bosler passed away at the age of 79 on April 27, 1994.


Information found within collection. "Raymond T. Bosler." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011/ Accessed April 13, 2022.

Cebula, Judith. "5 Years Later, Faith and Flexibility Still Minister." Indianapolis News (IN), April 26, 1999.

"Raymond T. Bosler was Priest, Editor." Indianapolis News (IN), April 29, 1994.

"Rome Ordination to Be Tomorrow." Indianapolis Stars (IN), July 30, 1938.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from James E. Farmer in 1993/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/04/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/04/14 by Laura Eliason.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.