St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a Poem by Father William Hart McNichols, S.J., 1989

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Aloysius, You have drawn me to you, gentle teacher, loving guide. I am filled with gratitude to you… l love you. Just to see you, to sit with your image, is to see all the simplicity, the trust, and the innocence of the children of the kingdom. Aloysius, Let me serve, let me love as [Read More...]

Roads to Rome: Margaret Terry Chanler, 1910

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MARGARET TERRY CHANLER, RED HOOK, NEW YORK. Wife of Winthrop Chanler, Esq., and sister of Mr, F. Marion Crawford. I was brought up in Rome under a rather feeble ministration of the Anglican Church, which seemed always cold and empty beside the real Churches we constantly visited as children. As I grew older my indifference [Read More...]

Catholic History in Less Than Five Minutes: The Age of Charlemagne (800-814 A.D.)

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Catholics in the Military: Lieutenant Augustine F. Hewit, U.S.A. (1857-1882)

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Lieut. Augustine F. Hewit, of the United States Army, died on Saturday in San Antonio, Texas, under peculiary sad circumstances. The deceased  was a Lieutenant of the Twenty-second Infantry, stationed at San Antonio,  and was 25 years of age. He was born in Connecticut, and was appointed  a Cadet in the West Point Academy by [Read More...]

From County Kerry to New Orleans: Father John M. Cronin, S.J. (1873-1939)

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Father John M. Cronin was born November 13, 1873, in Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland. He received his elementary education in the Listowel National School and his high school courses in the Christian Brothers’ School in Tralee, County Kerry. In this latter school, he began his career teaching as a layman in 1888. But after four [Read More...]

Catholics on Stage: Arnold Daly (1875-1927)

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Born Peter Christopher Arnold Daly to Irish parents, the young man grew up in Brooklyn, where he attended Sacred Heart Academy in Fort Greene, a school long since closed. After the death of his father, he started acting at age seventeen. He was noted for having helped introduce American audiences to the plays of George [Read More...]

“The Church Would Look Foolish Without Them”: Thomas O’Neil, Toledo, Ohio

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There are few old-time dwellers in the city of Toledo, Ohio, who are more prominent or better respected than the gentleman here mentioned. His prominence is not because of marked ability or great wealth, nor is the high esteem in which he is held to be accounted for on any “holier than thou” assumption, or [Read More...]

Catholic History in Less Than Five Minutes: Pope St. Gregory I the Great (590-604 A.D.)

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The “White Benedictines” of Arkansas (1874)

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BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF MT. OLIVE (White Benedictines) (1874) As American History cannot be studied thoroughly unless viewed with a European background, likewise the history of our humble Convent leads us across the sea, over mountains and valleys, until our wandering mind reaches a quaint, picturesque Convent, nestling high up on a peak of the Swiss [Read More...]

Atonement Friars Received Into the Church, 1909

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EMBRACE CATHOLIC FAITH. Members of the Society of Atonement at Graymoor Received into Church. (The New York Times, October 31, 1909) WEST POINT, N.Y., Oct. 30—The Society of the Atonement at Graymoor, near Garrison, N.Y., was corporately received into the Catholic Church today, the ceremony taking place in the chapel of the community. The Right [Read More...]


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