Franciscans Found New York City’s First Italian Parish, 1866

Father Anacletus De Angelis, O.F.M. (1836-1905), was Pastor of St. Anthony's from 1878 to 1890.

St. Anthony of Padua, New York, New York (1866) THERE can be little doubt but that the Catholic navigator Gomez, at the close of the first quarter of the sixteenth century, entered our harbor on the feast of the great Franciscan, St. Anthony of Padua; and, himself a Portuguese, felt especial devotion to that glory [Read More...]

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

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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...]

Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Mayor Hugh J. Grant (1858-1910)

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Born in New York City on September 10, 1858, Hugh J. Grant grew up in Manhattan, where he attended Manhattan College (then located in Manhattanville) before studying abroad. Upon his return he studied at Columbia Law School. An active Democrat. he soon got into politics, running unsuccessfully for Mayor at age 27. He did serve [Read More...]


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