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November 04, 2014
Catholics in Public Service: Senator Francis Kernan, New York (1816-1892)
As Americans go to the polls today, we profile the first Catholic to represent New...
September 18, 2014
A Dominican in Memphis: Father Joseph A. Kelly, O.P. (1827-1885)
Very Rev. Joseph Augustine Kelly, O.P.— Born in Dublin, Ireland, 1827. Came to America at...
August 17, 2014
Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Mayor Hugh J. Grant (1858-1910)
Born in New York City on September 10, 1858, Hugh J. Grant grew up in...
July 14, 2014
Catholics on Stage: Fritz Williams (1865-1930)
Williams, Fritz (Frederick Williams): Actor; b. in Boston, Mass., August 23, 1865; parents member at...
July 13, 2014
Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Supreme Court Justice joseph McKenna (1843-1926)
Joseph McKenna was one of the few politicians to have served in all three branches...
July 10, 2014
Father William Starrs, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York (1807-1873)
Very Rev. William Starrs, D.D. (The New York Times, February 7, 1873) Very Rev. William...
July 06, 2014
Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Annie Moore (1874-1924)
Born in County Cork, Ireland, on April 24, 1874, Annie Moore was the first immigrant to...
July 04, 2014
Catholics in Public Service: Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832)
With the Fourth of July, McNamara's Blog launches a new feature, "Catholics in Public Service."...
June 26, 2014
Monsignor Dennis J. Flynn, Mount St. Mary’s College and Seminary, Emmitsburg (1856-1911)
Rt. Rev. Mgr. Dennis J. Flynn, LL. D., was born near Louisville, Ky., Sept. 17,...
June 17, 2014
Catholics on Stage: Arnold Daly (1875-1927)
Born Peter Christopher Arnold Daly to Irish parents, the young man grew up in Brooklyn,...
June 16, 2014
“The Church Would Look Foolish Without Them”: Thomas O’Neil, Toledo, Ohio
There are few old-time dwellers in the city of Toledo, Ohio, who are more prominent...
June 07, 2014
New York Herald Interviews Boston College Founder, May 1876
Interview with Boston College Founder Rev. John McElroy, S.J., New York Herald, May 8, 1876...
June 06, 2014
Remembering the Fallen: Lt. Robert P. Mathias, D-Day, June 6, 1944
In his outstanding history of D-Day, Stephen Ambrose describes the conditions that Second Lieutenant Robert Mathias...
June 05, 2014
Throwback Thursday Photograph!
Is it just me, or does Father William George McCloskey look suspiciously like Stephen Colbert?...
June 04, 2014
“The Church Would Look Foolish Without Them”: Dr. John Daniel Sullivan, Our Lady of Victory Church, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Dr. Sullivan, one of the most...
June 02, 2014
Mother Austin Carroll, R.S.M. (1835-1909)
Mother Austin Carroll, authoress of the Life of Mother Mc Cauley, Leaves of the Annals...
June 01, 2014
Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: “Nonpareil” Dempsey (1862-1895)
Born John Edward Kelly in County Kildare, Ireland, he was known in boxing circles...
May 30, 2014
Catholics on Stage: Blanche Walsh (1873-1915)
This popular favorite has made herself a prominent place among the actresses whose forte is...
May 26, 2014
Cardinal Gibbons Preaches at Funeral Mass of General Philip H. Sheridan, August 1888
Cardinal James Gibbons’ Sermon at the Funeral Mass of General Philip Sheridan, August 11, 1888,...
May 26, 2014
Remembering the Fallen: Corporal John Briody, Seventh U.S. Cavalry (1847-1876)
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the Battle of...
May 26, 2014
Military Mass During the Civil War, 1864
FATHER CORBY’S DESCRIPTION OF A MILITARY MASS On or about the 4th day of September,...
December 09, 2013
Bishop Thomas Galberry, O.S.A., Hartford, Connecticut (1833-1878)
RIGHT REV. THOMAS GALBERRY, O.S.A., Fourth Bishop of Hartford Thomas Galberry first saw the light...
November 18, 2013
“The Church Would Look Foolish Without Them”: Thomas F. O’Rorke, Bronx, New York
THOS. F. O’RORKE, of 692 Union Avenue, the Bronx, is one of the solid men...
November 15, 2013
Know-Nothings Plot to Burn Fordham, 1853
Father John Larkin played a major role in the development of Catholic higher education in...
November 10, 2013
A Sermon on Catholic Patriotism at St. Francis Xavier Church, Manhattan, May 1894
OBJECT LESSON FOR BIGOTS. CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT IN THE MEMORIAL PARADE. Both Fought Bravely for...
November 03, 2013
“Catholic Officers in the Army and Navy,” An 1899 Series from “The Catholic World”
In 1899, the New York-based Catholic World, an operation of the Paulist Fathers founded in...
August 29, 2013
“The Church Would Look Foolish Without Them”: Andrew McTigue, Far Rockaway, Queens
The commercial development of America excites the admiration and wonder of the world, but when...
August 27, 2013
New York Pastors: Rev. Patrick McSweeny, St. Bridget’s, Avenue B, 1878
REV. PATRICK FRANCIS McSWEENY, Pastor of St. Bridget’s Church. The Rev. Dr. Patrick Francis McSweeny,...
July 03, 2013
Colonel Patrick H. O’Rorke (1837-1863), Hero of Gettysburg
Soldier, b. in County Cavan, Ireland, 25 March, 1837; killed at the battle of Gettysburg,...
July 02, 2013
Cardinal James Gibbons, Baltimore (1834-1921)
HIS EMINENCE JAMES CARDINAL GIBBONS, First Vicar-Apostolic of North Carolina, Fourth Bishop of Richmond, Ninth...
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