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...]

UPDATES re. the Priests and Nun Kidnapped in Cameroon

Sister Gilberte Bissiere

Things don't look good for the Canadian nun who was kidnapped early Saturday morning in Cameroon, where she worked as a missionary helping those with HIV and AIDS.Several of my readers have asked whether I had any updates on the status of the victims, since I first posted a prayer request on Saturday morning.  Sadly, they've not been located, but additional information has now been published by Britain's Daily Mail.The 80-year-old Canadian nun, who has now been officially identified as … [Read more...]

Please Pray: Two Priests, Nun Kidnapped in Northern Cameroon (UPDATED)


Two Italian priests and an 80-year-old Canadian sister were kidnapped during the night of April 4-5 by armed men in northern Cameroon.  The gunmen reportedly ransacked the building where the three were staying before forcibly taking the hostages.The three kidnapping victims were working as missionaries in Cameroon's Diocese of Maroua, near the border of Nigeria.  Italy's foreign ministry identified the priests, assigned from the Vicenza diocese in northeast Italy. as Father Giampaolo Marta an … [Read more...]