Lecture on the Church and Western Civilzation, New York, 1866

Archbishop Spalding

THE CHURCH THE CIVILIZER OF THE NATIONS. Lecture by the Most Reverend M.J. Spalding, Catholic Archbishop of Baltimore. (The New York Times, February 7, 1866)  Late evening Rev. M.J. Spalding, the Catholic Archbishop of Baltimore, and spiritual head of the Catholic Church in this country, delivered a lecture on “The Church the Civilizer of Nations,” [Read More...]

A Sermon by Archbishop John Hughes, Brooklyn, 1853

Abp Hughes

Sermon on the Laying of the Corner-Stone of the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Star of the Sea, Brooklyn, N.Y., July 17, 1853. MY DEAR BRETHREN— I can have no hope that my voice will be able to reach the boundaries of an assemblage as this which I see before and around me.  [Read More...]

An Early Olympian: Martin John Sheridan (1881-1918)


As the 2012 Olympics gets underway, it seems appropriate to focus on one of the first American participants, a man deemed “one of the greatest athletes” America had ever known. Between 1904 and 1908 he won nine Olympic medals: four gold, three silver, and one bronze. He competed in the discus throw, stone throw, long [Read More...]