Polish Seminary Started in Detroit, 1885

Yesterday was the Feast of SS. Cyril & Methodius, and today in 1903 marks the death of Father Joseph Dabrowski , who in 1885 founded SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary to train Polish priests for work in America. For Poles, the nineteenth century is known as the “century of sadness.” Poland was divided between the [Read More...]

This Day in Brooklyn Catholic History

On this day in 1891, the First Mass was celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Church in Brooklyn’s Cypress Hills section. The Mass was held in the hall adjoining the Lafayette Hotel located at Cresecent and Fulton Streets. Before then, the nearest parish to Cypress Hills was St. Malachy’s in East New York, which the parish history [Read More...]

Hierarchy reestablished in England after 300 years

Today marks the death of Nicholas Wiseman (1802-1865), first Archbishop of Westminster and the first resident Cardinal in England for almost three hundred years. In 1850 he oversaw the reestablishment of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in England and Wales. Under Henry VIII, Roman Catholic dioceses (the most famous being Canterbury) became Anglican. Rather than using [Read More...]