African-American Sisters Start School in Washington, D.C., 1892


ST. CYPRIAN’S PAROCHIAL SCHOOL AND ST. ANN’S ACADEMY, WASHINGTON, D. C. St. Ann’s Academy was founded by Sister Mary Charles Norsette, who was sent from Baltimore with two other Sisters, August, 1892. They were invited by Reverend Father Matthew to help with the colored work in St. Cyprian’s parish. The Sisters were welcomed in Washington [Read More...]

The First Black Catholic Congress, 1889


COLORED CATHOLICS MEET A NOTABLE CONVENTION BEGUN—CARDINAL GIBBONS PRESENT New York Times, January 2, 1889   WASHINGTON, Jan. 1— A national convention of  colored Catholics, composed of delegates from nearly all of the colored Catholic churches and societies throughout the country, began its sessions this morning in the St. Augustine Colored Catholic Church in this [Read More...]

Mother Theresa Willingman, O.S.P. (1831-1907)


The sixth Superioress of the Order was Reverend Mother Theresa Willingman, a native of Madison, N.J., who spent nearly her whole life with the Oblate Sisters, having been placed with them at the early age of five years. When she was sixteen years old she entered the novitiate. She taught school and was for many [Read More...]