Holy Cross Foundress

Today marks the death of Leocadie Gascoin (1818-1900), first Superior General of the Marianites of the Holy Cross, a branch of the community founded by Father Basil Moreau. The Marianites are one of three women’s communities within the Holy Cross family. Born in Montenay, France, she left her parents’ home to join Father Moreau in [Read More...]

The Harvest is Great…

… Literally! I couldn’t resist adding this one! This 1938 photo from the Universe, a leading English Catholic weekly, shows the Augustinian Recollects of St. Austin’s Priory gathering crops in August 1938. This community was founded in sixteenth century Spain, and the priory was founded in 1932. [Read more...]

And then there were Nuns…

A few months ago I was asked to speak on the history of Brooklyn’s Catholic schools to a group of parochial school teachers. What I discovered as I was preparing my talk surprised me. As we all know, this is a tough period for Catholic education in the United States. For Catholics of an older [Read More...]