Holy Cross College Alumnus Becomes Confederate General, 1863

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The College of the Holy Cross was founded in 1843 by Father Benedict Joseph Fenwick, a Jesuit who later became second Bishop of Boston. New England’s first Catholic college, its early students Irish immigrants like General Patrick Guiney, who fought for the North in the Civil War, as well as the Healy brothers Patrick, James [Read More...]

“The Church Would Look Foolish Without Them”: Thomas F. O’Rorke, Bronx, New York

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THOS. F. O’RORKE, of 692 Union Avenue, the Bronx, is one of the solid men of the borough—the owner of valuable property. He was one of the first to discern what lay in the future for that part of the country, and as he deserves, has profited by his discernment. We can say of him, [Read More...]

Catholic Poetry: “The Hound of Heaven” by Francis Thompson (1859-1907)

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In the early twentieth century, Francis Thompson’s poem “The Hound of Heaven” was very popular among Catholic readers in the English-speaking world. (The playwright Eugene O’Neill could recite it from memory.) The poem arose from Thompson’s battle with drug addiction and his recovery. In Thompson’s poem, God is the “Hound of Heaven” who relentlessly but consistently [Read More...]


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