“To Welcome the Immigrant”

Today in 1971 marks the founding of the Brooklyn Diocese’s Catholic Migration Office, the first of its kind in the world. The office was founded partially in response to Pope Paul VI’s 1969 instruction Pastoralis Migratorum Cura, which asked local Churches to expand their spiritual and material outreach to the newcomers in their midst. Bishop [Read More...]

The Sisters: Shapers of American Catholicism

John Fialka has a great book titled Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making of America. In it he writes: Most of the histories of the Catholic Church in America have been written about men—the priests, bishops and cardinals credited with building the nation’s largest Church. But the reality was that if you were educated in [Read More...]

Neither Irish nor Catholic Need Apply

Believe it or not, this ad appeared in a New York newspaper in 1843. It reads: “WANTED– A clean, respectable Protestant girl to do the housework of a small family. Neither Irish nor Catholic need apply. Those having recommendations may apply at 62 Eldridge Street.” A popular song of the day spoofed the ad: NO [Read More...]