The year 2008 marks a number of anniversaries for the Catholic Church in the U.S. The Paulist Fathers, the first religious community of priests founded in America, celebrated their 15oth. Four archdioceses also celebrated their bicentennials: New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Louisville. The Museum of the City of New York has a great exhibit commemorating the Archdiocesan Bicentennial. New York is the only American city encompass two dioceses (Brooklyn and Queens being their own diocese), the exhibit covers all five boroughs. There’s also a great companion book to the exhibit, which would make a great Christmas present. It has an essay on Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens written by yours truly. Take some time to see the exhibit (and the book!) before New Year’s Day!