Happy Birthday, Thomas Merton!

Today marks the birth of Thomas Merton, who writes at the beginning of his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain: “On the last day of January 1915, under the sign of the Water Bearer, in a year of a great war, and down in the shadow of some French mountains on the borders of Spain, I [Read More...]

The Magna Charta of Jesuit Education

Today marks the death Claudio Acquaviva (1543-1615), fifth General of the Society of the Society of Jesus (and the longest reigning one to date). The son of a nobleman, he studied law before becoming a priest. In 1567, he joined the Jesuits, where his administrative ability was quickly utilized. After serving as provincial in Naples [Read More...]

Brother Teodoreto, F.S.C,

Today marks the death of ana other Lasallian saint in the making, Brother Teodoreto (1871-1954). Born Giovanni Garberoglio in Italy, he taught for forty years in Turin. He also founded a secular institute, the Union of Catechists of Jesus Crucified and of Mary Immaculate. In 1990 he was declared Venerable. [Read more...]

Brother Exupérien, F.S.C.

Today marks the death of two De LaSalle Christian Brothers on their way to being canonized. Brother Exupérien, born Adrien Mas in (1829-1905). The website lasallianresources.org has this to say about his life: In his last post, which lasted 32 years, he accomplished remarkable apostolic work. It was he who inspired the Monthly Retreat, destined [Read More...]

Catholic Schools Banned in Oregon?

Almost! On November 8, 1922, the people of Oregon voted to pass a popular intitiative banning all private schools in the state. The Oregon Compulsory Education Act required all children ages 8-16 to attend public school, and only public school, as of September 1, 1926. The majority of schools affected were Catholic schools, and that [Read More...]

A Teacher Saint

Today is the Feast of St. Mutien-Marie Wiaux (1841-1917), a De La Salle Christian Brother. The Institue of the Brothers of the Christian Schools was founded in 1680 by St. John Baptist De La Salle. Born Louis Wiaux in Belgium, he joined the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1858 and took the religious name [Read More...]

This Day in Brooklyn Catholic History

On this day in 1887, the first Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section. It was the second Italian parish founded in Brooklyn, the first being Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Carroll Gardens, in 1882. Still a center of Italian American life in Brooklyn, for over a century [Read More...]

Must Love Dogs…

…At least if you attend this school! Since 1908, St. Pancras School has offered a quality Catholic education to children in the Glendale section of Queens, arguably New York City’s last German neighborhood. The current school building went up under Monsignor Herman J. “Doc” Pfeifer, longtime pastor of St. Pancras (1930-1964). In this mosaic, located [Read More...]

This Day in Brooklyn Catholic History

Today marks the dedication in 1854 of St. Boniface Church, downtown Brooklyn. A participant sent in this account of the church dedication to the Freeman’s Journal, a local Catholic paper: Brooklyn, Feb. 8th, 1854 To the Editors of the New York Freeman’s Journal: Messrs. Editors: In your last weekly number mention is made of the [Read More...]

Archbishop Ambrose Maréchal

Today marks the death of Ambrose Maréchal (1768-1828), third Archbishop of Baltimore. Born in France, he joined the Sulpicians, a community of priests dedicated to seminary work. Ordained in Paris at the height of the French Revolution, he went to America, where he joined the faculty of St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. Founded in 1791, [Read More...]