“Father Matthew Kelly”

Today marks the death of Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P. (1806-1864), a pioneer missionary priest who established over twenty parishes in the American Midwest Born in Milan, he joined the Dominicans at age seventeen and came to America five years later. In 1828, he was ordained a priest in Cincinnati by the Dominican Bishop Edward Fenwick. [Read More...]

Priest Founds First Polish Community in America

The first Polish settlement in America, surprisingly, wasn’t New York or Chicago. It was actually a rural Texas community named Panna Maria (Polish for “Virgin Mary”). Today marks the death of Father Leopold Moczygemba, O.F.M. Conv. (1824-1891), a Polish-born priest who was the leading figure behind the founding of that community. Born in Silesia, he [Read More...]

After a Retreat

A Cambridge graduate born to a distinguished English family, Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914) was ordained an Anglican priest in 1895 by his father, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Not long thereafter, he began to question the claims of the Church of England. Over the next several years he joined several Anglican religious communities, but he still [Read More...]