Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis (1871-1927)

Today marks the death of Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis (1871-1927), Bishop and founder of three religious communities. Born in Lithuania, he joined the Marian Fathers and was ordained in 1898. He earned a doctorate in Theology at the University of Fribourg and was a theology professor until he was named Bishop of Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1918. [Read More...]

Blessed Paul Joseph Nardini (1821-1862)

Today marks the death of Blessed Paul Joseph Nardini (1821-1862), priest and founder of a religious community. Born to a single mother in Germany, he was raised by his aunt and uncle. After studying at the University of Munich, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Speyer in 1846. For the next sixteen [Read More...]

Remembering Old Brooklyn

During the 1960′s, the New York Daily News carried a column titled “I Remember Old Brooklyn.” In it, ex-Brooklynites wrote in with their reminiscences about life in the borough during the 1920′s, World War I, the Gaslight era, and even earlier. One correspondent recalled Civil War veteran parades in the 1880′s! Here a Mr. Edward [Read More...]