The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk was one of 19th century America’s best sellers. It sold 300,000 copies before the Civil War. It belongs to a particular genre, that of the “escaped nun.” In his highly recommended book, American Catholic, Charles Morris writes: The tales follow a consistent pattern: An innocent young girl, full of [Read More...]
The phrase “Catholic Action” was an all-encompassing term that came into wide usage at the turn of the century. It referred to various groups of lay people attempting to bring a Catholicimprint to bear upon society at large. In his book The Soul of the Apostolate, Dom Chautard recalls a conversation Pope St. Pius X [Read More...]
A native of Queens, I have attended Catholic schools from grammar through graduate school. I currently teach Church History at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie. I have authored three books and several articles on Catholic America, my special interests being the history of the Church in New York City and State. I feel deeply privileged to be teaching young men in formation for the Roman Catholic priesthood.