Catholics in American History: A View from 1908


Catholics in American History. The earliest history of America is the history of Catholicity. The saintly names in the four corners of the American Continent tell that Catholics were its founders, writes The Sodalist. You may tell your Protestant friends that we were here before them, and that we mean to stay. We are here [Read More...]

Connecticut’s First Bishop: William Tyler (1806-1849)


William Tyler was born on the 5th of June, 1806, at Derby, Vermont, his father being a substantial farmer, his mother a sister of the famous convert Rev. Daniel Barber. She followed the example of her relatives and soon after their conversion m 1816, was received into the Church, with her three sons and four [Read More...]

Fordham’s First Jesuit President


Jesuit educator and publicist, b. at Nantes, France, 20 Nov., 1807; d. at St. John’s College, Fordham, New York, 17 Dec., 1885. Father Thébaud was the son of a worthy but not wealthy merchant who was married to his pious wife in the dark days of the Terror by a loyal priest, a circumstance which [Read More...]

A Sermon on the Apostolate of Conversation, by Father Walter Elliott, C.S.P., 1913

Walter Elliott

Apostolate of Conversation. “And the string of his tongue was loosed; and he spoke right.” To enable us to speak right the Son of God must loosen our tongues by a special grace, sometimes by a miracle of grace; for our conversation is too often friv olous, sometimes uncharitable, seldom devoted to spirit ual things. [Read More...]

Bishop Ignatius Persico, O.F.M. Cap. (1823-1896), Savannah, Georgia

Bp Persico Savnnah

Fourth Bishop of Savannah Ignatius Persico was born in Naples on the 30th of January 1823 of a noble Sorrentine family and received in baptism the name of Camillus William Mary Peter. After completing his classical course in the college of the Jesuit Fathers at Naples, young Persico renounced all worldly prospects that lay open [Read More...]

A Sermon on Human Dignity by Cardinal Gibbons, 1908


EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. OUR DIGNITY AS CHRISTIANS.  ROM. viii., 12-17.  IN this epistle St. Paul briefly points out to us our exalted dignity as Christians. He tells us that in being incorporated in the Christian family we become children of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, and joint heirs with Him in the [Read More...]

School Days, 1848: A Reminiscence


To travel back in memory sixty years, and to recall vividly with any degree of accuracy the incidents, the customs, the happenings of those early days at old Saint Catharine, involves a feat which would ordinarily seem impossible. Yet, we know mental impressions of early life are always lasting and their effect upon our memories [Read More...]

A Look at the Trappists, 1908

Dom Edmond Obrecht headed Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey, Kentucky, from 1898 to 1935.

The Trappists, or Reformed Cistercians are a branch of the Order of Citeaux. They possess several monasteries in America, three of which are situated in the United States. The Order took its name from the Abbey of Notre Dame de la Maison-Dieu, of La Trappe, founded in 1140 by Rotron, Count of Perche. After various [Read More...]

Catholics and the American Revolution: An Excerpt from a Catholic School Textbook, 1914


320. Patriotism Among Catholics. We have seen that the discovery and exploration of America and the subsequent Christianizing and civilizing of the Indians were preeminently Catholic enterprises; also that the colonial times were dark and intolerant for Catholics. The opposition of the colonies to the Quebec Act proved plainly that the old anti-Catholic prejudices were [Read More...]

Colonel Patrick H. O’Rorke (1837-1863), Hero of Gettysburg


Soldier, b. in County Cavan, Ireland, 25 March, 1837; killed at the battle of Gettysburg, Penn., U.S.A  July 1863. He was a year old when his parents emigrated to the United States. They settled in Rochester, N.Y., where he attended the public schools, and in 1853 went to work as a marble-cutter. Shortly after he [Read More...]