Henriette Delille, African-American Foundress

As Black History Month comes to a close, it’s a good time to mention Henriette Delille (1813-1862), foundress of the second community for African-American women. (The first was the Oblates Sisters of Providence in 1829.) Born in 1813 to a white Creole and his African-American mistress, she grew up in the city’s free Black community. [Read More...]

James J. Walsh, Neurologist and Medievalist

Today marks the death of James J. Walsh (1865-1942), physician, historian and author. Born in Pennsylvania, he studied at St. John’s College (now Fordham University) in the Bronx before joining the Jesuits. After a few years, he left and enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a medical degree. After post-doctoral studies in [Read More...]

Marist Founder

Today marks the death of Father Jean-Claude Colin (1790-1875), who in 1816 founded the Society of Mary, known as the Marists. Born in France, he grew up in the aftermath of the French Revolution, which event had devastated the French presbyterate. As seminarians, he and Jean-Claude Courveille decided to form an order that would help [Read More...]