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

Our Lady

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

Parish Mission

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...]

Catholics on Stage: Blanche Walsh (1873-1915)


This popular favorite has made herself a prominent place among the actresses whose forte is found in emotional roles. She was born in New York, January 4, 1873, and is the daughter of Thomas and Minnie Savorie Walsh. Miss Walsh made her debut on the professional stage at the age of sixteen, with Marie Wainwright, [Read More...]

Queens Parish First One Named for St. Joan of Arc, 1920


CHURCH OF ST. JOAN OF ARC. Parish at Jackson Heights First in America to be Named for New Saint. (The New York Times, July 11, 1920)   Ground was broken last Tuesday for the new church of St. Joan of Arc, on Fillmore Avenue, Jackson Heights, Queens. This new parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese [Read More...]

Roads to Rome: U.S. Army Officer Enters the Church, 1909


Georginia Pell Curtis’s 1909 anthology Some Roads to Rome offers a series of first-hand accounts of Catholic converts. The following is the story of an unidentified U.S. Army officer who embraced Catholicism. His account of going to Confession during the Philippine War is quite interesting, and sheds some light on the real universality of the [Read More...]

St. Francis Xavier College Entrance Requirements, 1899


The College of St. Francis Xavier was founded in 1847 by the Jesuits in Manhattan. Until 1912 it operated a high school division and a college division. The college closed in the early 1920′s and the high school still operates today as Xavier High School on West Sixteenth Street. The following is a list of [Read More...]

A Franciscan in Memphis: Father Francis Moening, O.F.M.


Founder of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Fr. Francis, of German extraction, entered the Franciscan Order in 1862; was ordained priest in 1867, and was successively appointed Assistant Pastor, Apostolic Missionary, College Professor, Pastor and Superior and Episcopal Consultor in various places before coming to Memphis in 1887. Here in Memphis he built and enlarged St. Mary’s [Read More...]

Catholics in the Movies: Frank McGlynn, Sr. (1866-1951)

McGlynn with Shirley Temple in "The Littlest Rebel" (1935).

  A well-established character actor in the Silent Era and in Hollywood’s Golden Age, Frank McGlynn made some 138 films between 1911 and 1947, playing alongside the likes of Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn, and a young John Wayne.  He holds the record for playing Abraham Lincoln no less than ten times onscreen, in films such [Read More...]

Sermon for Ascension Thursday: St. Paul the Apostle Church, Manhattan, 1913

Father Walter Elliott, C.S.P. (1842-1928)

  ASCENSION DAY. “And while they gazed on Him going into heaven.” From this Day’s Epistle.  SURELY, my brethren, our Lord Jesus Christ took to heaven with Him His Apostles hearts and souls. And this formed part of His joy. Next to the joy of being with them, was that of consciousness that their souls [Read More...]

A Tribute to Catholic Sisters, 1899


A PRIEST’S TRIBUTE TO NUNS. Mgr. Conaty’s Sermon at the Georgetown Convent. (The New York Times, May 31, 1899) Washington, May 30— Cardinal Gibbons, Papal Delegate, Mgr. Martinelli, and other prominent Catholic churchmen took part today in the second-day’s celebration of the centennial of Georgetown Convent. It is estimated that at least one thousand women, [Read More...]