Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Mona Darkfeather, Actress (1883-1977)

Mona Darkfeather

Between 1910 and 1917, this actress appeared in some 109 movies, featured mainly as a Native American woman. Born Josephine Workman in California, she was of English, Scottish, Native American and Chilean descent. As a young woman she responded to a newspaper from Bison Pictures looking for women to play Native American characters. The company [Read More...]

An African-American Woman Writes to Pope Pius IX, 1853

African American Daguerrotype

New York, October 29th, 1863 Most Holy Father Visible Head of the Church of Jesus Christ. I humbly write these lines to beseech your Holiness in the name of the same Saviour if you will provide for the salvation of the black race in the United States who is going astray from neglect on the [Read More...]

Catholics in Public Service: John Lee Carroll (1830-1911)

John Lee Carroll

Born in Baltimore, John Lee Carroll was the great-great-grandson of Charles Carroll (1737-1832), the sole Catholic signatory of the Declaration of Independence.  His great-grandfather  Thomas Sim Lee (1745-1819) was Governor of Maryland (1779-1783, 1792-1794). John Lee Carroll studied at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and Georgetown University. He later studied law at Harvard [Read More...]


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