When Kennedy Died, How Did the Boston Symphony React?

Conductor - Boston Symphony Orchestra

On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, the Boston Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to perform in concert.But then word arrived that President John F. Kennedy had been killed.  Conductor Erich Leinsdorf quickly changed the program:  Instead of their planned concert, he distributed sheet music for the Funeral March from Beethoven’s third symphony, explaining to his musicians that they would be playing this instead of the piece which had been scheduled.And then the conductor stood on the sta … [Read more...]

Father Oscar Huber, the Priest Who Administered Last Rites to JFK

Fr Oscar Huber

John F. Kennedy was America’s first Catholic president.So when he was shot in Dallas on that terrible day, fifty years ago, they called for a priest to come and administer the last rites of the Church in the emergency room at Parkland Memorial Hospital.The priest who responded was a Vincentian priest, Father Oscar L. Huber, who served at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Oak Lawn community of Dallas.  Father Huber later described in an interview what he saw there in the emergency ro … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Visits the Cell of Nazarena of Jesus, an American Anchoress


On November 21, Pope Francis visited the cell in a Camaldolese monastery in Rome where American recluse and mystic Sister Nazarena of Jesus had lived for 45 years, until her death in 1990.  The Holy Father was visiting the Sant’Antonio Abate Monastery at the foot of Rome’s Aventine Hill, to mark the Day for the Contemplative Life, one of the final events in the Year of Faith.During a private meeting with the nuns in their Chapter Room, Pope Francis was presented with a letter handwritten by t … [Read more...]