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...]

Montana Missionary: Father Gregory Mengarini, S.J. (1811-1886)


Pioneer missionary of the Flathead tribe and philologist of their language, b. in Rome, 21 July, 1811; d. at Santa Clara, California, 23 September, 1886. He entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1828, when barely seventeen, and later served as instructor in grammar, for which his philological bent particularly fitted him, at Rome, Medina, and Reggio. [Read More...]

America’s First Italian Bishop: Joseph Rosati, C.M. (1789-1843)

Bp Rosati

RIGHT REV. JOSEPH ROSATI, First Bishop of St. Louis Joseph Rosati was born at Sora, in Italy, January 30, 1789, of a respectable and pious family. After his studies he entered the novitiate of the Priests of the Mission at Rome, and made his theological course at Monte Citorio under the apostolic Father De Andreis, [Read More...]