Catholic Schools Banned in Oregon?

Almost! On November 8, 1922, the people of Oregon voted to pass a popular intitiative banning all private schools in the state. The Oregon Compulsory Education Act required all children ages 8-16 to attend public school, and only public school, as of September 1, 1926. The majority of schools affected were Catholic schools, and that [Read More...]

A Teacher Saint

Today is the Feast of St. Mutien-Marie Wiaux (1841-1917), a De La Salle Christian Brother. The Institue of the Brothers of the Christian Schools was founded in 1680 by St. John Baptist De La Salle. Born Louis Wiaux in Belgium, he joined the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1858 and took the religious name [Read More...]

This Day in Brooklyn Catholic History

On this day in 1887, the first Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section. It was the second Italian parish founded in Brooklyn, the first being Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Carroll Gardens, in 1882. Still a center of Italian American life in Brooklyn, for over a century [Read More...]