Father Bonaventure Frey (1831-1912), American Capuchin Pioneer

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Rev. Bonaventura Frey, O.M. Cap., Pastor of the Church of St. John the Baptist The Rev. Father Bonaventura Frey was born June 12, 1831, in the Canton of Thurgovia, Switzerland. His education, begun at Einsiedlen, was completed at the Universities of Bonn and Tubingen. Gid having called him to the ecclesiastical state, he proceeded to [Read More...]

Bishop Ignatius Persico, O.F.M. Cap. (1823-1896), Savannah, Georgia

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Fourth Bishop of Savannah Ignatius Persico was born in Naples on the 30th of January 1823 of a noble Sorrentine family and received in baptism the name of Camillus William Mary Peter. After completing his classical course in the college of the Jesuit Fathers at Naples, young Persico renounced all worldly prospects that lay open [Read More...]

“The Apostle of Temperance”: Father Theobald Mathew, O.F.M. Cap. (1790-1856)

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Apostle of Temperance, born at Thomastown Castle, near Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland, 10 October, 1790; died at Queenstown, Cork, 8 December, 1856. His father was James Mathew, a gentleman of good family; his mother was Anne, daughter of George Whyte of Cappaghwhyte. At twelve he was sent to St. Canice’s Academy, Kilkenny. There he spent nearly [Read More...]


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