My new book New York Catholics: Faith, Attitude & the Works! is now available on Amazon. It’s a celebration of the difference that 76 different Catholic women and men have made, and are making, in the life of New York City. The first half of the book profiles historical figures from St. Elizabeth Seton to Mychal Judge, while the second looks at people ranging from our own Deacon Greg Kandra of The Deacon’s Bench to Jimmy Fallon and Martin Scorsese. It’s been already… Read more

Born in New York City on September 10, 1858, Hugh J. Grant grew up in Manhattan, where he attended Manhattan College (then located in Manhattanville) before studying abroad. Upon his return he studied at Columbia Law School. An active Democrat. he soon got into politics, running unsuccessfully for Mayor at age 27. He did serve as the 88th Mayor of New York City from 1889 to 1892, as one of the nation’s youngest mayors and one of the city’s first… Read more

Born in Baltimore, John Lee Carroll was the great-great-grandson of Charles Carroll (1737-1832), the sole Catholic signatory of the Declaration of Independence.  His great-grandfather  Thomas Sim Lee (1745-1819) was Governor of Maryland (1779-1783, 1792-1794). John Lee Carroll studied at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and Georgetown University. He later studied law at Harvard University. After many years practicing law, Carroll was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1867. In 1875,he ran for Governor on the Democratic ticket,… Read more

ODE FOR THE GOLDEN JUBILEE OF VILLANOVA COLLEGE (1892) By Eleanor C. Donnelly OH ! blest be the day, when the sun’s golden ray First shone on these shades, Villanova revealing! Like the sunrise that shone on King Memnou’s famed stone, Awaking a strain full of fervor and feeling! Grave doctor and sage In that long- vanished age, Their record inscribed on our history’s page, While the sons of St. Austin, with tears and with toil, Their altars uprear’d on… Read more

Williams, Fritz (Frederick Williams): Actor; b. in Boston, Mass., August 23, 1865; parents member at the stock company at the Boston Museum for 15 years; made his first appearance on stage at that theatre when six months old, being carried on by William Warren, the comedian, in a farce called Seeing Warren. Attracted much attention (1879), as Sir Joseph Porter in a juvenile Pinafore company at the Boston Museum; moved to New York and won some fame as a concert… Read more

Joseph McKenna was one of the few politicians to have served in all three branches of the Federal Government: as a Congressman, as a U.S. Attorney General, and as a Supreme Court Justice. The son of Irish immigrants, he was born in Philadelphia, where he attended what is now St. Joseph’s University. After moving to California, he was admitted to the bar at age 22 in 1865. There he served as a District Attorney for Solano County and from 1875… Read more

Mike Mazurki was what is known as a “Brothers’ Boy.” Born Mikhail Mazurkiewicz in Austria-Hungary, he emigrated to the United States on the eve of the First World War. Settling in upstate New York, he attended the La Salle Institute in Troy, New York, run by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. After graduating from another Lasallian institution, Manhattan College, in 1930, he moved on to professional sports: wrestling, basketball and football. At 6’5”, he was an imposing presence, making… Read more

Very Rev. William Starrs, D.D. (The New York Times,  February 7, 1873) Very Rev. William Starrs, D.D., Rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of New York, died yesterday morning at 7:50 o’clock, at No. 263 Mulberry Street, in the sixty-sixth year of his age. He celebrated Mass yesterday week for the last time. On Friday last he was taken ill and could not leave his bed, but rallied a little on the succeeding days. On Tuesday… Read more

Born in County Cork, Ireland, on April 24, 1874, Annie Moore was the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island when it opened on January 1, 1892. (Prior to that, immigrants entered through Castle Garden.) Between 1820 and 1920, over four million Irish men and women came to America through the Port of New York. Annie, along with her younger brothers Anthony and Philip, left Ireland on December 20, 1891. Their parents had already moved to Manhattan ahead of them. As… Read more

Mrs. J. Delehanty  is Carmelite Nun. Former Miss Monahan of Brooklyn, Now a Widow, Joins Severe Order. RULES EXTREMELY STRICT. Picturesque Ceremony at Monastery on Bedford Avenue—Vicar General Officiates (The Brooklyn Eagle, July 19, 1916, 18.) A new member has been added to the Carmelite Monastery at St. John’s Place and Bedford Avenue, the black veil of the order being given to Sister Mary Angelus by Vicar General Joseph McNamee. There were impressive ceremonies which denoted her rejection of the… Read more


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