Catholic Press Month 2009

The Catholic Press has been a part of the American experience since the first newspaper under Catholic auspices was published in Charleston in 1822, The U.S. Catholic Miscellany. But for most of the 1800’s, Catholic journalism was a shaky endeavor, the biggest issue being finance. Newly formed dioceses lacked funds for a newspaper, so most [Read More...]

Black History Month 2009

Father Cyprian Davis is a Benedictine priest who teaches Church History at St. Meinrad;’s School of Theology in Indiana. His book The History of Black Catholics in the United States is one I can’t recommend highly enough. The following is a reflection he wrote for Michael Leach and Therese Borchard’s lovely book I Like Being [Read More...]

“Father and Teacher of Youth”

Today marks the feast of St. John Bosco (1819-1888), founder of the Salesians. Born Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco in Piedmont, he was ordained a priest in 1841 and assigned to Turin, where he began a ministry to city’s disadvantaged youth. He started by forming youth clubs and expanded the work into a religious order that is [Read More...]