A Baltimore Seminary Professor: Father Louis Regis Deluol, S.S. (1787-1858)

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Founded in 1641 in France by Jean Jacques Olier, the Society of St. Sulpice (S.S.) is a community of secular priests dedicated to the formation of priests. The Sulpicians, as they are known, started the first Catholic seminary in the United States, St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore (still functioning). They first came to America in [Read More...]

A Photographic Survey of the 19th Century American Priest on Youtube

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My First Youtube Video– Catholics and the American Civil War

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Mother Austin Carroll, R.S.M. (1835-1909)

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Mother Austin Carroll, authoress of the Life of Mother Mc Cauley, Leaves of the Annals of the Sisters of Mercy (4 vols.),  Life of St Alphonsus, Life of Venerable Clement Hofbauer, Glimpses of Pleasant Homes, Happy Hours of Childhood and a number of other valuable works, was born in Clonmel, Ireland, in 1836, educated mostly [Read More...]

First Catholic Priest Ordained in the United States, 1793

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June is traditionally the month when most ordinations to the priesthood take place. For that reason, for this month “McNamara’s Blog” will be highlighting the history of the priesthood in the United States by looking at ordinations, seminaries, and historic “firsts,” such as the following: The first Catholic priest ordained within the limits of the [Read More...]

Former Know-Nothing Converts to Catholicism

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The Order of the Star Spangled Banner was founded in New York in 1849 in opposition to the rise of a predominantly Catholic immigration to the United States. Members were pledged to secrecy about the order. When asked about it, they answered “I know nothing”; hence the nickname the “Know-Nothings.” During the 1850′s, membership rose [Read More...]

Catholic Sermons: “Holy Mass a Treasure” (1912)

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In further considering the First Commandment of the Church it is to be noted that there is no other difference between the Third Commandment of God and the First Commandment of the Church except that the Church, inspired by the Holy Ghost and following Apostolic tradition, orders the Sunday to be observed instead of the [Read More...]

Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: “Nonpareil” Dempsey (1862-1895)

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  Born John Edward Kelly in County Kildare, Ireland, he was known in boxing circles as “Nonpareil Jack Demsey” because of his reputation as being unbeatable in the ring. In his first 65 matches, he lost only three times. He reigned as World Middleweight Champion from July 30, 1884, to January 14, 1891. He lost [Read More...]

Catholic Poetry: “Our Lady of the May” by J. Corson Miller

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Our Lady of the May By J. Corson Miller   Hail, thou thrice-glorious Queen of the slumbering night! All hail, immortal Queen of radiant day! Sweet Mistress of the May— Through thee, through thee The Son of God assumed the mystery Of flaming Savior for this fallen world, And death was hurled Into the pit [Read More...]

Parish Mission for Deaf Catholics, 1899

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The New York Mission to Deaf Mutes By Rev. Joseph Rockwell, S.J. The Woodstock Letters, Vol. XXVIII (1899): 248-252. For some years back, a Father of the Society has been in charge of the deaf mutes of New York City. He preaches to them in the sign language every Sunday afternoon, at St. Francis Xavier’s, [Read More...]


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