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November 06, 2014
Catholics in the Movies: Pedro de Cordoba (1881-1950)
Born in New York City to a French mother and a Cuban father, Pedro de...
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...
October 29, 2014
Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Mona Darkfeather, Actress (1883-1977)
Between 1910 and 1917, this actress appeared in some 109 movies, featured mainly as a...
September 17, 2014
An African-American Woman Writes to Pope Pius IX, 1853
New York, October 29th, 1863 Most Holy Father Visible Head of the Church of Jesus...
July 31, 2014
Catholics in Public Service: John Lee Carroll (1830-1911)
Born in Baltimore, John Lee Carroll was the great-great-grandson of Charles Carroll (1737-1832), the sole...
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 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 29, 2014
Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Henry King (1886-1982)
Born in Christiansburg, Virginia, Henry King left school at fifteen to work. Beginning as a...
June 20, 2014
Roads to Rome: Margaret Terry Chanler, 1910
MARGARET TERRY CHANLER, RED HOOK, NEW YORK. Wife of Winthrop Chanler, Esq., and sister of...
June 19, 2014
Catholics in the Military: Lieutenant Augustine F. Hewit, U.S.A. (1857-1882)
Lieut. Augustine F. Hewit, of the United States Army, died on Saturday in San Antonio,...
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 12, 2014
Peter S. Munro, Catholic School Teacher, Civil War Veteran
MUNRO, Peter Simcoe Morton, actor, author and lecturer, was born in York, England, Feb. 17,...
June 10, 2014
Controversial Catholic Editor James A. McMaster Dies, 1886
JAMES A. M’MASTER DEAD. CAREER OF THE NOTED CATHOLIC EDITOR CLOSED. THE MAN WHO FOR...
June 08, 2014
Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Alice Joyce (1890-1955)
Born in Kansas City on October 1, 1890, Alice Joyce was one of the...
June 07, 2014
Roads to Rome: Sarah Worthington King Peter (1800-1877)
Born in Ohio, Sarah Worthington was the daughter of a prominent Ohio politician. During her...
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 04, 2014
Catholics in the Movies: Allan Dwan (1885-1981)
A surprising number of Hollywood’s greatest directors were Catholic, including John Ford, Raoul Walsh and...
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 03, 2014
“Living Catholic Authors: Miss Margaret Kenna,” The Catholic World (December 1897): 422-423.
Miss Margaret Kenna, daughter of the late Senator John Edward Kenna, who died January 7,...
June 02, 2014
Former Know-Nothing Converts to Catholicism
The Order of the Star Spangled Banner was founded in New York in 1849 in...
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 27, 2014
“The Church Would Look Foolish Without Them”: Regina Theresa Sherwood, Long Island, New York (1848-1933)
Regina Theresa Sherwood was for many years closely aligned with religion, education and charity in...
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,...
November 27, 2013
Forgotten 19th Century Catholic Authors: Henrietta Dana Skinner
“Authentic Sketches of Living Catholic Authors: Mrs. Henry Wimple Skinner,” The Catholic World 65 (May...
November 21, 2013
Catholics on Stage, 1919
Hubert Savile, “Convent-Bred Thespians,” Theatre Magazine, Volume 30 (July 1919): 34. SHAKESPEARE, the patron saint...
November 20, 2013
Holy Cross College Alumnus Becomes Confederate General, 1863
The College of the Holy Cross was founded in 1843 by Father Benedict Joseph Fenwick,...
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...
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