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Frances Allen, Daughter of Ethan Allen, First U.S. Citizen to Become a Nun

She was not the first American to become a nun. That was the convert Lydia Longely of Groton, Massachusetts. Lydia was born in 1674. At the age of twenty,... More →

Conference Update: Frà Alexis Bugnolo to Speak

The learned and much labored Brother Alexis Bugnolo will be speaking at our conference this year. Brother Alexis is translator of the works of Saint Bonaventure, Registrar of the... More →

‘Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely’

This saying (often overrated as an axiom), is attributed to Lord John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron of Acton (1834-1902). This historian, writer, and moralist did not invent the cliché. That may have... More →

Allahu Akbar, ‘God is Greater’, Reads Mosque Script Across From Church of Nativity

Brother Francis told us that directly across from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is the mosque of Omar which posts a blasphemous challenge to the humility of... More →

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crus_ad-rem-feature A New Order of Crusaders: Seriously!

As I write, two events are on the horizon for the religious here at Saint Benedict Center. The first is the annual Pilgrimage for Restoration (September 23-25), a three-day, sixty-five mile walking pilgrimage from Lake George, New York, to Auriesville, New York, where we will pray in the spot sanctified by the martyrdom of three of the eight holy Jesuits... More →

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Did You Know?  Catholic Trivia


Epilepsy is named after a Sicilian martyr.  Around the same time as St. Erasmus’ victory, a 12-year-old boy named Vitus also won the palm of martyrdom, with his companions Modestus and Crescentia.  According to some sources, a rather odd devotion to the saint, involving dancing, developed in the Middle Ages in Germany (where his... More →


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