Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Annie Moore (1874-1924)

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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, [Read More...]

Brooklyn Widow Enters Carmelite Monastery, 1916

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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 [Read More...]

Catholics in Public Service: Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832)

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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 [Read More...]

Know-Nothings Appeal to Protestant Women of America, 1856

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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 [Read More...]

Catholic History in Less Than Five Minutes: The “Dark Century” of the Papacy (900-1000 A.D.)

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Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Henry King (1886-1982)

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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 [Read More...]

The Dakotas’ First Bishop: Martin Marty, O.S.B. (1834-1896)

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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 [Read More...]

Monsignor Dennis J. Flynn, Mount St. Mary’s College and Seminary, Emmitsburg (1856-1911)

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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 [Read More...]

Mission to Non-Catholics, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 1904

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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 [Read More...]

St. John the Baptist Church, Brooklyn, New York (1868)

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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 [Read More...]


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