Fr. Hubert Schiffer and the Jesuit Priests Who Survived Hiroshima

Fr. Schiffer - news clipping

I wish I could tell you that I'm related to Jesuit Father Hubert Schiffer.  I've asked family members, hoping someone will be able to prove that he's a second cousin twice removed....  But while we know of two priests among my husband's ancestors, Father Schiffer's name doesn't come up.I like to imagine, though, that we have some kind of special link.  Two Schiffers with a common destination.Father Schiffer's story has been on my mind lately for at least two reasons:On July 29 Theo … [Read more...]

Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield Are Jesuit Priests In Scorsese’s Latest Project, “Silence”

Martin Scorsese

Plans are moving forward on director Martin Scorsese's ambitious film project Silence.  After several years of delays and litigation, filming is set to begin in September for the epic story about Jesuit missionaries who risked persecution and even death to bring the Gospel to Buddhists in seventeenth-century Japan.Liam Neeson (Schindler's List, Batman Begins, Star Wars: Episode One) will play the role of Jesuit Father Ferreira.  Andrew Garfield (Amazing Spider Man) will play the younger F … [Read more...]

Florida Archaeologists Uncover Oldest Church in U.S.

Foundation for a 337-year-old church uncovered on the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine, Florida

In May 2014, an archaeological dig in St. Augustine, Florida, uncovered what experts believe may be the foundation of a 17th century church and friary, the oldest in the United States.The discovery on the grounds of the historic Mission Nombre de Dios ("Name of God") dates back to the 1670s, when the Spanish governor of Florida ordered a church to be erected near the site of a fort which was under construction at the time, the Castillo de San Marcos.The excavation was part of an ongoing … [Read more...]


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