Catholics in the Movies: King Baggot (1879-1948)

King Baggott

The son of an Irish immigrant from Limerick, William King Baggot was born in St. Louis, where he attended Christian Brothers College High School. After working in Chicago, he played soccer in St. Louis and joined a parish theater group, which was his first exposure to acting. After several years on stage (he appeared on [Read More...]

General James Shields: Immigrant, Soldier, Senator from Three States


Military officer, b. in Dungannon County Tyrone, Ireland, 12 Dec., 1810; d. at Ottumwa, Iowa, 1 June, 1879. He emigrated to the United States in 1826 where he at one proceeded to study law and began practicing at Kaskaskia, Ill., in 1832. He was elected to the state Legislature in 1836; became state auditor in [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...]