Catholic History in Less Than Five Minutes– The Development of the Papacy

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Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Alice Joyce (1890-1955)

Alice Joyce as seen in 1912.

  Born in Kansas City on October 1, 1890, Alice Joyce was one of the premier stars of the silent movie era. As a teen she had worked as a model before breaking into the movies about 1910 with the film The Engineer’s Sweetheart. She played in several Westerns during the early years, particularly as [Read More...]

Sermon for Children’s Mass, Pentecost Sunday, 1900


PENTECOST SUNDAY. Gospel. John xiv. 23-31. At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: “If any man love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him. He that loveth me not, keepeth not my words. And the word [Read More...]

New York Herald Interviews Boston College Founder, May 1876


Interview with Boston College Founder Rev. John McElroy, S.J., New York Herald, May 8, 1876 I was born in the province of Ulster, the most northern province of Ireland, … in 1782, … At the time of my birth, Catholic emancipation had made no headway in Ireland, and hence I received simply a common education, [Read More...]

Roads to Rome: Sarah Worthington King Peter (1800-1877)

Sarah Peter

Born in Ohio, Sarah Worthington was the daughter of a prominent Ohio politician. During her childhood Thomas Worthington would serve as a United States Senator and Governor of Ohio. The family was frequently full of distinguished visitors such ranging from Henry Clay to the Indian Chief Tecumseh. The Worthingtons were devout Methodists, and young attended [Read More...]

Catholic History in Less Than 5 Minutes– The Age of Constantine (313-337)

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The “Bogus Knights of Columbus Oath”


The Knights of Columbus is organized into four degrees of membership, the fourth being the highest. In the early 1900’s a document was circulated alleging to be the order’s fourth degree oath, in which members promised to wage endless war on Protestants. Known as the “Bogus Oath,” it was frequently cited by anti-Catholic lecturers and [Read More...]

Remembering the Fallen: Lt. Robert P. Mathias, D-Day, June 6, 1944


In his outstanding history of D-Day, Stephen Ambrose describes the conditions that Second Lieutenant Robert Mathias and the men of Company E, 508th Parachute Infantry, he faced as they parachuted over France:                                                            The Germans were below were firing furiously at the armada of 822 C-47’s carrying the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions into battle. Flakvierling-38s (20mm [Read More...]

Catholic History in Less Than 5 Minutes– A New Feature– The Early Church (30-313 A.D.)

Youtube, like the internet in general, can be a force for great good, maybe even be a way to evangelize in the world of social media. Therefore I have decided to fill in a gap in the Youtube community. “Catholic History in Less Than Five Minutes” seeks to promote Catholic history in a way that’s never [Read More...]

Throwback Thursday Photograph!


Is it just me, or does Father William George McCloskey look suspiciously like Stephen Colbert? Born in Brooklyn, McCloskey was a cousin of John McCloskey, who in 1875 became the first American Cardinal. After studying at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland, he was ordained a priest in 1850. After teaching at his alma mater, [Read More...]