This Day in Brooklyn Catholic History

Bushwick got its name from the Dutch, but like most New York neighborhoods, it’s had quite a few makeovers since then. Long a center of Hispanic life, in recent years it’s become home to a growing Hipster population fleeing Manhattan rent. Before either of them, Bushwick was a center of German-American life in New York [Read More...]

The End of an Era

Deacon Greg Kandra, in his marvellous blog The Deacon’s Bench, notes that the Sisters of Mercy in Brooklyn are closing their motherhouse in Brooklyn after 146 years. This doesn’t mean the end of the Sisters’ ministry in Brooklyn, but it is a sad day in the history of their Brooklyn sojourn. That history began in [Read More...]


The year 2008 marks a number of anniversaries for the Catholic Church in the U.S. The Paulist Fathers, the first religious community of priests founded in America, celebrated their 15oth. Four archdioceses also celebrated their bicentennials: New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Louisville. The Museum of the City of New York has a great exhibit commemorating [Read More...]