With the Fourth of July, McNamara’s Blog launches a new feature, “Catholics in Public Service.” It seems best to begin with the first major American Catholic to engage in public service, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the sole Catholic signatory of the Declaration of Independence (and the last to die). The following is taken from the 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia and has been edited in the interest of blogging brevity. His grandfather, Charles Carroll, emigrated from England to Maryland because of the persecution… Read more

On America’s great baptismal day, the Spirit of God moved like a wave over the whole nation; it was Protestant America, and the Bible was the cornerstone on which the mighty structure rested; and when we inquire what it is that is now shaking America, and attempting to unsettle her basis, and toss her like boys toss a ball, from her foundation, the problem is solved— she bears on her vast bosom the seal of the Book of Life! It… Read more

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Born in Christiansburg, Virginia, Henry King left school at fifteen to work. Beginning as a silent movie actor, he was directing films by 1915, and would do so for another 46 years. He directed some of the big hits of the late silent era, including Tol’able David (1921) and The White Sister (1923), starring Lillian Gish and a young Ronald Colman.  It was while filiming the latter that King converted from the Methodism of his childhood to Catholicism. A licensed… Read more

VICARIATE APOSTOLIC OF DAKOTA: RIGHT REV. MARTIN MARTY, O.S.B. First Vicar Apostolic of Dakota. Martin Marty was born at Schwyz in Switzerland, on the 12th of January 1834, and entering in youth, the great Benedictine abbey of Einsiedlen, made his profession on the 20th of May 1855. The young monk had already pursued his theological studies with such zeal and talent, that the next year he was ordained on the 14th of September.  A colony of monks from Einsiedlen was… Read more

Rt. Rev. Mgr. Dennis J. Flynn, LL. D., was born near Louisville, Ky., Sept. 17, 1856, and, having made his preliminary studies in the parochial schools and St. Xavier’s Institute of that city, he went to Mt. St. Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Md. The college course completed, he studied theology in the seminary department of the same institution and he was ordained for the diocese of Wilmington, by Rt. Rev. Thomas A. Becker, in St. Peter’s Cathedral of that diocese, June… Read more

NON-CATHOLIC MISSIONS BY APOSTOLATE FATHERS. They Strive to Remove Wrong Notions Regarding Catholic Dogma and Practices. READY TO ANSWER ALL QUERIES. Many Catholic Communities of Missionary Priests and Brothers and Sisters in Brooklyn.  (The Brooklyn Eagle, November 1, 1904, p. 9.) The non-Catholic missions conducted under the auspices of the Apostolate Fathers form one of the most important features of the auxiliary work being carried on by the Catholic Church in this country. Very few, even among Catholics, know anything… Read more

During Bishop John Loughlin’s administration, there were but two religious communities of priests in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The first to gain admittance were the priests of the Congregation of the Mission. In the spring of 1868, Rev. Edward M. Smith of that congregation came to Brooklyn to open a new field for the special work of his community. He secured an entire block of ground bounded by Lewis, Stuyvesant and Willoughby Avenues, and Hart Street, 600 feet by 200… Read more

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FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI. “This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein.” — Psalm cxvii, 24. THE Church, on this day of jubilee, loves to call her children to the house of God, from which they go forth with hymns of praise and prayers in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, which is borne, under a richly ornamented canopy, by one of the Lord’s anointed ministers, to the altars erected by the faithful,… Read more

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