Josephites founded to Evangelize Black America

They weren’t actually founded on this day, but Black History Month makes this a good time to talk about the Josephites (advertised here in this 1890′s flyer). Officially named St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart in 1893, the Josephites are unique among American religious communities. They started as an offshoot of the Mill Hill [Read More...]

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...]