Bishop Matthias Loras (1792-1858)

Today marks the death of Bishop Matthias Loras (1792-1858), first Bishop of Dubuque, Iowa. Born in Lyons during the French Revolution, he lost seventeen relatives to the Reign of Terror(including his father when he was ten weeks old). At school he befriended Jean Vianney, the future saint. After his ordination in 1815, he spent a [Read More...]

Spellman Gets Red Hat, 1946

Today marks the day that New York’s Archbishop Francis Spellman (1889-1967) and 31 other men were elevated to the College of Cardinals. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Fordham in 1911 and studied at the North American College in Rome, where he was ordained in 1916. He returned to Massachusetts as a priest of the [Read More...]

Missionary Crucified in China, 1820

Today marks the death of St. Francis Regis Clet (1748-1820), a Vincentian missionary martyred in China. Born in Grenoble he joined St. Vincent De Paul’s Congregation of the Mission in 1769. He was ordained in 1773, and spent fifteen years teaching at the order’s seminary at Annecy. In 1788 he was named novice director at [Read More...]