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Father Thomas Ewing Sherman, SJ

August 11, AD2017 0 Comments
Father Thomas Ewing Sherman, SJ

Abraham Lincoln said that “A House divided against itself cannot stand”.  Thomas Ewing Sherman was born into a House divided by religion on  October 12, 1856.  He was the son of William Tecumseh Sherman, at the time an obscure former Army officer, and Ellen Ewing Sherman.  Ellen Sherman was a devout Catholic, and, I think, […]

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Fr. Francis L. Sampson: Paratrooper Padre

June 10, AD2017 3 Comments
Fr. Francis L. Sampson: Paratrooper Padre

A leap year baby, Francis L. Sampson was born on February 29, 1912, in Cherokee Iowa. A quarter of a century later he graduated from Notre Dame and made a bee-line for St. Paul’s Seminary at Saint Paul Minnesota.  Ordained a priest for the Des Moines Iowa diocese on June 1, 1941, he served briefly […]

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The Franklin and Father O’Callahan

January 20, AD2015 2 Comments
The Franklin and Father O’Callahan

A hallmark of the Jesuit Order has been courage.  The Order founded by that Basque soldier turned saint, Saint Ignatius Loyola, had as little use for fear as it did for doubt.  The “black robes” of the Jesuits in New France were typical of the Jesuit soldiers of Christ in their almost super-human courage in disdaining […]

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Father Ireland and the Fifth Minnesota

August 12, AD2014 1 Comment
Father Ireland and the Fifth Minnesota

One of the titans of the Catholic Church of the Nineteenth Century in the United States was Archbishop John Ireland, the first Archbishop of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Future blog posts will cover his career as Archbishop. This blog post is focused on his service during the Civil War. Ordained a priest only a year, Father John Ireland, […]

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The Priest of the Confederate Prison in Andersonville

May 20, AD2014 1 Comment
The Priest of the Confederate Prison in Andersonville

I normally take great pride in being an American, but there are passages in our history which all Americans should be ashamed of.  During our Civil War in many prison camps, both North and South, prisoners of war (POWs) were treated wretchedly with inadequate shelter, clothing and food.  The worst by far was Andersonville. The […]

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Meek, Pious and Brave as a Lion

July 16, AD2013 2 Comments
Meek, Pious and Brave as a Lion

Peter Paul Cooney was born in County Roscommin, Ireland in 1822.  He went with his family to America at the age of 5.  Raised on a farm in Monroe, Michigan.  Studying at Notre Dame it was perhaps fated that he would become a Holy Cross priest, although he wasn\’t ordained until the age of 37.  […]

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POW Servant of God

April 26, AD2013 3 Comments
POW Servant of God

In the midst of a World War, Emil Kapaun was born in peaceful Pilsen, Kansas on August 20, 1916.  His parents were Czech immigrants and virtually everyone in the area spoke Czech.  From an early age Emil knew that he wanted to be a priest and would play mass with his younger brother.  Graduating from […]

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Chesty Puller and Catholic Chaplains

February 26, AD2013 21 Comments
Chesty Puller and Catholic Chaplains

  Some men become legends after their deaths and others become legends while they are alive.  Lewis Burwell Puller, forever known as \”Chesty\”, was in the latter category.  Enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1918 he would serve until 1955, rising in rank from private to lieutenant-general.  Throughout his career he led from the front, […]

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