Category: Columns

God-sibling to Gossip

The word “gossip” originally had a very noble meaning. It is contracted from “god-sibling” and was the term used for the godparent at baptism. In time the word was extended in usage and applied to any close friend, and, more … Continue reading

U.S. Bishop the Son of a Slave

Yes, there was a Catholic bishop in the United States whose mother had been a Negro slave.  He was James Augustine Healy (1830-1900), second bishop of Portland Maine.  He was born in Macon, Georgia, to Michael Healy, an Irish immigrant … Continue reading

A Letter Home

This is the only complete letter from the first thirty-five years of Blessed Junípero Serra’s life. Today it is kept in the Capuchin Convent (monastery) in Barcelona. “Most Dear Friend in Jesus Christ, Father Francisco Serra, “Words cannot express the … Continue reading

West Virginia in Heaven’s Eye

There are several interesting facts in the history of West Virgina that highlight the footprints of the Catholic Church in the most mountainous state east of the MIssissippi. The first is a tradition handed down from the eighteenth century that … Continue reading