Sister Blandina meets Billy the Kid

Today marks the death of Sister Blandina Segale, S.C. (1850-1941), an Italian-American nun who ministered in the Wild West during its heyday. Born Rosa Segale in Italy, she emigrated to America as a child, settling in Cincinnati. At age sixteen she joined the Sisters of Charity, taking the name Blandina. After a few years teaching [Read More...]

“The Most Bombed Bishop in the World”

Today marks the death of Bishop Edward Galvin (1882-1956), founder of the Columban Fathers. A native of Crookstown, he was ordained in Ireland in 1909. At the time, however, his diocese had too many priests, and he was sent across the water to Brooklyn. For three years he worked at Holy Rosary parish in Bedford-Stuyvesant, [Read More...]

“Father Matthew Kelly”

Today marks the death of Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P. (1806-1864), a pioneer missionary priest who established over twenty parishes in the American Midwest Born in Milan, he joined the Dominicans at age seventeen and came to America five years later. In 1828, he was ordained a priest in Cincinnati by the Dominican Bishop Edward Fenwick. [Read More...]