Catholics in the Movies: Allan Dwan (1885-1981)

Allan Dwan

A surprising number of Hollywood’s greatest directors were Catholic, including John Ford, Raoul Walsh and Allan Dwan. Born Joseph Aloysius Dwan in Canada, he moved to the United States at age eleven. At the University of Notre Dame, he majored in engineering, but he was more interested in motion pictures. In New York, he started [Read More...]

Sermon by Fr. Francis X. Weninger, S.J., on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 1882


FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. “Thou art all, fair, my love, and there is not a spot in thee!”—Cant. 4. As Christ, in a figurative manner, is compared to the sun, whose rise imparts strength, consolation, and growth to our spiritual life, so in the same figurative manner, do we behold in Mary the mother [Read More...]

St. John Nepomucene Neumann (1811-1860)


FIRST AMERICAN SOON TO BE PLACED, AFTER YEARS OF SOLICITATION BU U.S. CATHOLICS, IN THE CALENDAR OF SAINTS (The Brooklyn Eagle, February 16, 1902, 44) Roman Catholics of the United States, who have been striving for many years to secure the canonization of a strictly American saint seem destined at last to have their wish [Read More...]