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The burning of St. Mary's Church in VermontThomas Lester

In the spring of 1838, Father Jeremiah O'Callaghan wrote to Bishop Fenwick from Burlington, Vermont, informing him of the destruction of St. Mary's Church and the investigation that followed. A native ...

Traveling abroad for ad limina visit Thomas Lester

Two undated documents in the papers of Bishop John B. Fitzpatrick are addresses welcoming him home from Europe in September 1864. This was a return from his second of two journeys across the Atlantic, ...

The foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de NamurThomas Lester

On May 10, 1881, Mother Aloysie, superior of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, wrote to Archbishop John J. Williams of Boston. She reveals that "the Bishop of Namur has authorized me to take the preliminary ...

The pleas to keep Father Cheverus in Boston Thomas Lester

In February 1801, Father Jean Cheverus received a letter from his father in France. Father Cheverus had fled France during the revolution, which saw a growing resentment towards and the persecution of ...

The quest for a pastor in Augusta, MaineThomas Lester

On April 18, 1838, James D. Fisher wrote to Martin Carroll from Kennebec Arsenal in Augusta, Maine, describing the effect of the local Catholic Church upon the Irish laborers there. Fisher reveals in ...

John Paul II first visited Boston as a cardinal Thomas Lester

Next Sunday, April 8, the St. John Paul II Divine Mercy Shrine will be dedicated in Salem, Massachusetts. St. John Paul II's story is quite interesting as he grew up in a free Poland, then experienced ...

Massachusetts' first Catholic charitable institutionThomas Lester

March 23, 2018, marks the 175th anniversary of the incorporation of St. Vincent's Orphan Asylum, the first Catholic charitable institution in Massachusetts. The idea for an orphan asylum originated with ...

Reports of 1848 unrest in France Thomas Lester

On March 9, 1848, Abbe Carriere of the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice, Paris, wrote Bishop John B. Fitzpatrick of Boston about the events which had transpired in Paris the previous month. The Society of Saint-Sulpice ...