New York Socialite Becomes Nun, 1914

MISS DAHLGREN TO BE A NUN. Society Girl to Join Sisterhood that Aids Negroes and Indians. Special to the New York Times. The New York Times, December 24, 1914 PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 23—Miss Lucy Dahlgren, 21 years old, a social favorite of this city and New York, is to join the Blessed Sacrament Sisterhood, an order whose members devote themselves to work among Negroes and Indians. Miss Dahlgren, who is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Dahlgren, recently divorced, is… Read more

A Poem by Blessed John Henry Newman, 1857

Saint Philip in His School. This is the Saint of gentleness and kindness, Cheerful in penance, and in precept winning: Patiently healing of their pride and blindness, Souls that are sinning. This is the Saint, who, when the world allures us, Cries her false wares, and opes her magic coffers, Points to a better city, and secures us With richer offers. Love is his bond, he knows no other fetter, Asks not our all, but takes whate’er we spare him,… Read more

A Review of Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., “The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton”

Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2014). The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton’s spiritual autobiography, has touched the hearts and souls of countless readers. It’s worth noting here that the book was released on October 4, 1948, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Whether this was intentional or not, no one knows. But if anyone could… Read more

Franciscans Found New York City’s First Italian Parish, 1866

St. Anthony of Padua, New York, New York (1866) THERE can be little doubt but that the Catholic navigator Gomez, at the close of the first quarter of the sixteenth century, entered our harbor on the feast of the great Franciscan, St. Anthony of Padua; and, himself a Portuguese, felt especial devotion to that glory of his native land. We draw this conclusion from the fact that other coast names are those of summer feasts, and in the name of… Read more

A Poem by St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)

Song of Gratitude to Our Lady of Mount Carmel From the first moments of my life, You took me in your arms. Ever since that day, dear Mother, You’ve protected me here below. To preserve my innocence, You placed me in a soft nest. You watched over my childhood In the shade of a holy cloister. Later, in the days of my youth, I heard Jesus’ call!…. In your ineffable tenderness, You showed Carmel to me. “Come, my child, be generous,”… Read more

Review of Jon M. Sweeney, “When Saint Francis Saved the Church”

Jon M. Sweeney, When Saint Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubador Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2014). Author Jon Sweeney has a gift for making Church history accessible, interesting and relevant for a whole new generation of readers, and his latest book ably bears out that reputation. As he writes at the beginning of the book, it isn’t a history book in the strict sense of the term. Instead,… Read more

My Speech at the Book Launching Party for “New York Catholics”

On Friday, September 19, Orbis Books held a book launching party for my new book New York Catholics: Faith, Attitude & the Works! I offer here the remarks I made at that event: I think the theme of this book might well be summed in the words of journalist Paul Moses: “Who we are contributes to the life of this city.” This happens in numerous ways, one of them being geographical. In New York City, there’s such a thing as… Read more

Anti-Catholic Cartoon of the Week: “Three Things That Never Marry”

This widely circulated tract did duty in several anti-Catholic campaigns in the 1910’s and 1920’s. It reads as follows: THREE THINGS THAT NEVER MARRY Three things that never marry—a bull, a bulldog, and a Catholic priest. The bull and the dog are living in harmony with the laws of nature. The priest ignores and defies the laws of nature and the commandments of God, insults decency and outrages social custom by assuming the pagan obligation of celibacy. The priest can… Read more

A Dominican in Memphis: Father Joseph A. Kelly, O.P. (1827-1885)

Very Rev. Joseph Augustine Kelly, O.P.— Born in Dublin, Ireland, 1827. Came to America at the age of ten. Reared in Philadelphia, Pa., and Louisville, Ky. Graduate St. Mary’s… [in] Bardstown, Ky. Entered Dominican Order 1843. Ordained July 27, 1850; classical course, St. Rose’s, Springfield, Ky.; St. Joseph’s, Somerset, Ohio, after ordination; 1854 was elected President of college; 1858 was elected Provincial of Dominican Fathers in eastern states, holding office until 1862. In spring, 1863, was appointed Pastor of St…. Read more

An African-American Woman Writes to Pope Pius IX, 1853

New York, October 29th, 1863 Most Holy Father Visible Head of the Church of Jesus Christ. I humbly write these lines to beseech your Holiness in the name of the same Saviour if you will provide for the salvation of the black race in the United States who is going astray from neglect on the part of those who have the care of souls. Now I would dare to say anything disrespectful against the ministers of God but the reason… Read more


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