“Catholic Officers in the Army and Navy,” An 1899 Series from “The Catholic World”


In 1899, the New York-based Catholic World, an operation of the Paulist Fathers founded in 1865, featured a series on Army and Navy officers who had recently served in the Spanish-American War. This March 1899 essay is a part of that series: Catholic Officers in the Army and Navy: Lieutenant-Commander William B. Barry, U.S.N. Lieutenant-Commander [Read More...]

Catholic Chapel Dedicated at West Point, 1900

Father George Deshon, USMA Class of 1843, was a classmate (and roommate) of Ulysses S. Grant.

New Chapel at West Point. Catholics Dedicate Their Building at the Military Academy With Elaborate Ceremonies. (The New York Times, June 11, 1900) Special to the New York Times. WEST POINT, N.Y., June 10— A hundred priests, vested in their clerical robes, assisted Bishop John M. Farley of New York to dedicate the new Catholic [Read More...]

Father Francis Asbury Baker, C.S.P. (1820-1865)


Priest of the Congregation of St. Paul the Apostle, born Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. 30 March, 1820; died 4 April, 1865. Father Baker was a son of Dr. Samuel Baker, a physician of note in Baltimore. He was graduated from Princeton College in 1839. His parents, whom he lost early in life, had been Methodists, but [Read More...]