Peter S. Munro, Catholic School Teacher, Civil War Veteran


MUNRO, Peter Simcoe Morton, actor, author and lecturer, was born in York, England, Feb. 17, 1842, son of Rev. Alexander Fraser and Helen (Miller) Munro, both natives of Scotland, who came to America when the subject of this sketch was twelve years old. After attending the Model School, Toronto, Canada, he studied oratory and dramatic [Read More...]

Catholic History in Less Than Five Minutes– The Benedictines and Western Civilization

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Throwback Thursday Photograph!


No, he’s not a character from a Dickens novel. He’s Father G.B. Weikamp, a native of Westphalia, Germany. In 1850 he came to Chicago, where he started St. Francis Church. In 1855, he started the Indian Mission at Cross Village, Michigan, in 1855. He served there until his death on March 19, 1889. Father Weikamp’s [Read More...]

John Wayne (1907-1979), Catholic Convert

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Today marks the 35th anniversary of the passing of actor John Wayne. Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, his family moved to California when he was young. After graduating from Glendale High School in 1925, he played football for the University of Southern California until a shoulder injury precluded his sports career. As his [Read More...]

Catholic Higher Education: St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota (1856)

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ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY, conducted by the Fathers of the Order of St Benedict, is the oldest and largest Catholic institution of learning north of St Louis and west of Chicago. It was founded in 1856, in which year the Territorial Legislature of Minnesota granted a charter constituting the Order of St Benedict a body corporate [Read More...]

Catholic History in Less Than Five Minutes– The Church and the Fall of the Roman Empire (337-476 A.D.)

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Controversial Catholic Editor James A. McMaster Dies, 1886


JAMES A. M’MASTER DEAD. CAREER OF THE NOTED CATHOLIC EDITOR CLOSED. THE MAN WHO FOR MANY YEARS FOUGHT, IN THE “FREEMAN’S JOURNAL,” THE BATTLES OF HIS CHURCH. (The New York Times, December 30, 1886) James A. McMaster, the veteran editor of the Freeman’s Journal, died yesterday morning at 9 0’clock in St. Mary’s General Hospital, [Read More...]

African-American Sisters Start School in Washington, D.C., 1892


ST. CYPRIAN’S PAROCHIAL SCHOOL AND ST. ANN’S ACADEMY, WASHINGTON, D. C. St. Ann’s Academy was founded by Sister Mary Charles Norsette, who was sent from Baltimore with two other Sisters, August, 1892. They were invited by Reverend Father Matthew to help with the colored work in St. Cyprian’s parish. The Sisters were welcomed in Washington [Read More...]

Catholic History in Less Than Five Minutes– The Early Church Fathers

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“A Heart and a Half”: Brother Andronis, F.S.C. (1811-1898)

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The Brothers of the Christian School (Fratres Scholarum Christianarum) were founded by St. John Baptist De La Salle in 1600′s France. The community first came to the United States in 1848, beginning their work in New York City. Over the next few years the Brothers established parochial schools, high schools and colleges nationwide. Their institutions of [Read More...]