The Poet of the Confederacy: Father Abram J. Ryan (1839-1886)


The poet-priest of the South, born at Norfolk, Virginia, 15 August, 1839; died at Louisville, Kentucky, 22 April, 1886. He inherited from his parents, in its most poetic and religious form, the strange witchery of the Irish temper. Fitted for the priesthood by a nature at once mystic and spiritual, be was ordained just before [Read More...]

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Speech, Brooklyn, 1884


“The Day We Celebrate”: Rev. Sylvester Malone at the Annual Banquet of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, March 17, 1884 “The day we celebrate” comes to us but once a year, yet its influences have been felt by our race on every day of the year through which it has run. Going back fourteen [Read More...]

Father Leopold Bushart, S.J. (1838-1909)

Fr Bushart

At the time of his death, the Louisville Catholic Record  described Father Leopold Bushart as “surely one of the great men of the Catholic Church in America.” He was successively President of five different colleges: St. Xavier, Cincinnati; St. Louis University; St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri; St. Mary’s College, Kansas; and Marquette University, Milwaukee. Born [Read More...]