“Living Catholic Authors: Miss Margaret Kenna,” The Catholic World (December 1897): 422-423.

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Miss Margaret Kenna, daughter of the late Senator John Edward Kenna, who died January 7, 1893, while serving his second term in the Senate, is one of the youngest of our Catholic writers, but bids fair to take a high rank among short-story-writers at least. What she may do towards the great American novel, it [Read More...]

First Catholic Priest Ordained in the United States, 1793

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June is traditionally the month when most ordinations to the priesthood take place. For that reason, for this month “McNamara’s Blog” will be highlighting the history of the priesthood in the United States by looking at ordinations, seminaries, and historic “firsts,” such as the following: The first Catholic priest ordained within the limits of the [Read More...]

Former Know-Nothing Converts to Catholicism

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The Order of the Star Spangled Banner was founded in New York in 1849 in opposition to the rise of a predominantly Catholic immigration to the United States. Members were pledged to secrecy about the order. When asked about it, they answered “I know nothing”; hence the nickname the “Know-Nothings.” During the 1850′s, membership rose [Read More...]


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