“Don’t Bother the Lion”

Today marks the death of Peter Richard Kenrick (1806-1896), the first Archbishop of St. Louis. Born in Dublin, his older brother Francis (1797-1863) became Archbishop of Baltimore. He studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and was ordained in 1832. Not long thereafter he went to Philadelphia, where his brother was Bishop. There [Read More...]

Mother Angela Gillespie (1824-1887)

Today marks the death of Mother Angela Gillespie (1824-1887), first Mother Superior of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Born Eliza Gillespie in Indiana, she graduated from Visitation Academy in Washington, D.C., before teaching school. In 1853 she joined the Sisters of the Holy Cross, a community founded in France. In 1855 she was assigned [Read More...]


At the end of the Civil War, Father Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulists, fulfilled his dream of launching a national Catholic magazine, The Catholic World. The first issue appeared in May, and it ran continuously for 131 years until 1996. It was a pretty bold step at a time when many Catholic journals were [Read More...]