Children’s Book Features African-American Nun

Sister Anne’s Hands, written by Marybeth Lorbiecki and beautifully illustrated by K. Wendy Popp, is a neat little book about an African-American nun in an unnamed religious order teaching white European ethnic school children in an unnamed city during the 1960’s. When Sister Anne is the subject of a racial comment, she uses the incident [Read More...]

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...]