Category Archives: Catholic America
Along with our crusade in defense of the defined doctrine of no salvation outside the Church, Saint Benedict Center is committed to working for the conversion of America. The false ecumenism and religious indifferentism that infected the Church in the twentieth century did much to dissipate the promising momentum of conversions to the Faith that marked nineteenth century America.
It is astonishing to read about the great work that Catholic priests and religious, sisters and brothers, were doing throughout this vast land not so long ago. Converts were flocking into the Church because our priests were giving Protestants not only an invitation, but knowledge of the Faith, and a challenge to submit to a visible religious authority that had all the divine credentials. Whether it was through reading apologetic and polemical materials or by attending one of the thousands of missions given by Jesuits and Redemptorists, the hearts of non-Catholics were responding to grace in ever growing numbers. America was on its way to becoming a Catholic nation, and that was before the more massive waves of Catholic immigrants came here after the turn of the century.
It can happen again.
When the Eight North American Martyrs are praised for their apostolic zeal, holiness, and fortitude, we honor their memory: Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brebeuf, Rene Goupil, Antoine Daniel, Noel Chabanel, Gabriel Lalemant, Charles Garnier, and Jean de Lalande, all of whom were martyred between 1642 and 1649. Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Lalande, and Rene Goupil were martyred in what is now New York … More →
Donald R. McClary, The Catholic Stand: It was in New Orleans on March 7, 1877 that Longstreet converted to the Catholic faith. His conversion was brought about by Father Abram J. Ryan, the poet laureate of the Confederacy. An Episcopalian, Longstreet had noticed that the pews were vacant around him when he went to worship. Father Ryan assured him that in the Catholic Church people … More →
NYTimes.com: Growing up, the twins, now 26, milked cows side by side on the family farm. They both graduated at the top of their high school class. And with theirordination on Saturday, they have begun careers as Roman Catholic priests, two of 477 men in the United States expected to be ordained this year. They demonstrate that priestly vocations are not evenly distributed by family … More →
These generous high school students named their charity group after the intrepid Jesuit mission founder, Father Eusebius Franz Kühn, also called “chino” in Spanish. He founded 24 missions in Mexico and the Arizona area. Father Kino’s statue is one of 100 in the DC capitol building’s Statuary Hall, which is dedicated to the most illustrious citizens from each of the fifty states. I wrote a biography … More →
The Brothers were doing a little investigating today in preparation for a hike to the First Catholic Church in New Hampshire. We will be taking our FNE boys on an 11-mile hike from Charlestown, N.H. to Old Saint Mary’s. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places and has interesting little writups on the Connecticut River Joint Commissions web site and Waymarking.com. The edifying and interesting story … More →
LifeSiteNews: Celebrated Princeton Professor Robert P. George has publicly acknowledged the reality of persecution of pro-life and pro-family Christians. His remarks were delivered at the prestigious National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, which has in past years been addressed by President George W. Bush, and Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke. “The days of socially acceptable Christianity are over, the days of comfortable Catholicism are past,” began Prof. George. … More →
Almost nine years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast and did great damage to New Orleans, where I grew up. The Crescent City’s “Ninth Ward” was one of the hardest hit areas. It so happens that the Ninth Ward is where my high school, Holy Cross, was located. I was just sent a link to the two-minute YouTube video below, that has joined aerial shots … More →
A little Triumphalism here, cobbled from Rome Reports and Vatican Information Services. The Pope signed the decree for an “equivalent canonization,” recognizing them as saints of the Universal Church. Vatican City, 3 April 2014 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father Francis received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he extended the liturgical cult … More →
Donald McClarey, The American Catholic: For his entire life Captain Humbert Roque ‘Rocky’ Versace was on a mission. His first mission was as an Army Ranger. His second mission was to be a Catholic priest and to work with orphan kids. He had been accepted to a Maryknoll seminary but then fate intervened. The son of Colonel Humbert J. Versace from Puerto Rico and his wife Marie … More →
This is an interesting story in that the Sister, recently deceased, who was behind the project, claimed that an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in place of a photograph she had taken, using an old box camera, of a different mosaic in a prayer garden at Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Catholic news Service: Religious shrines or art in the public places … More →
This sermon was preached by Rev. Fr. Shawn Landenwitch at Saint Henry Parish in Dayton, Ohio, on 02/09/2014. It was the 11 AM Novus Ordo Mass. He’s taking American Catholics to task for not converting the nation. Just ignore the “Good Morning” at the beginning. It gets better after that.
In 1906, my home town of San Francisco, then the largest city in the United States west of Chicago, was destroyed by earthquake and fire. When I was a kid there were still a lot of folks around who had adult memories of the disaster and I often heard their stories. What I now remember most is the pride of those persons. They had every … More →