RSHM’s founded 1849

Today marks the founding of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), a community founded in 1849 in Montpellier, France. The community was founded by Father Jean Gailhac (1802-1890), a diocesan priest, and Appolllonie Cure (1809-1849), a widow. Their first apostolic work was to run a women’s shelter and an orphanage. Appollonie became [Read More...]

General Thomas Wilberforce Egan (1834-1887)

Today marks the death of another Civil War general who was Catholic: Major General Thomas Wilberforce Egan (1834-1887). Born to Irish immigrants in Watervliet in upstate New York, he enlisted at the start of the war and was commissioned a lieutenant colonel in the 40th New York Volunteers. He served in nearly in nearly every [Read More...]

Church Historian Named to Gotham

This morning it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Milwaukee’s Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan to be the next Archbishop of New York. The Archbishop brings an impressive background with him: Secretary to the Apostolic Nuncio, Rector of the North American College, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, head of an archdiocese. But not everyone [Read More...]