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...]

Sister Blandina meets Billy the Kid

Today marks the death of Sister Blandina Segale, S.C. (1850-1941), an Italian-American nun who ministered in the Wild West during its heyday. Born Rosa Segale in Italy, she emigrated to America as a child, settling in Cincinnati. At age sixteen she joined the Sisters of Charity, taking the name Blandina. After a few years teaching [Read More...]

“The Most Bombed Bishop in the World”

Today marks the death of Bishop Edward Galvin (1882-1956), founder of the Columban Fathers. A native of Crookstown, he was ordained in Ireland in 1909. At the time, however, his diocese had too many priests, and he was sent across the water to Brooklyn. For three years he worked at Holy Rosary parish in Bedford-Stuyvesant, [Read More...]