Paulist Outreach to Non-Catholics Explained, 1896

A Civil War veteran, Father Walter Elliott, C.S.P. (1842-1928) spent nearly sixty years in the work of evangelization.

TO SPREAD THE CATHOLIC FAITH. A Mission to Explain Dogma to Protestants is to be Established by the Paulist Fathers. (The New York Times, January 13, 1896) Within a short time a band of Catholic missionaries will be at work in this city, whose endeavors will be confined solely to preaching Catholic doctrine to Protestants [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...]

Know-Nothings Plot to Burn Fordham, 1853

Father John Larkin seen in civilian garb, a custom prevalent among English Catholics that was carried to the U.S. during the early 19th century.

Father John Larkin played a major role in the development of Catholic higher education in New York City. In 1847, he founded the College of St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan, now known as Xavier High School. Later he served as President of St. John’s College in the Bronx, now known as Fordham University. Larkin Hall [Read More...]


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