Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Irish American Priest Beatified in Detroit

Father Solanus Casey, a first-generation Irish American Capuchin priest, was beatified in Detroit in November, creating the possibility that he may become the first American-born male to become a saint. Casey is only the third person born in the U.S. to receive the title of “blessed,” the level below sainthood. Casey’s beatification comes after aRead more..

Church of Scientology Arrives in Dublin

A new Church of Scientology National Affairs Office has made its home in Merrion Square, Dublin, and will be used to deliver Scientology-supported social programs in Ireland, such as rights awareness campaigns, educational courses, and resources for recovering drug addicts. “By opening the doors of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office for Ireland, weRead more..

Paddy’s Papal Absence

It sure was big news when Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, was chosen. And there has been talk about the prospect of having a black or Asian pope. But amid the widening papal radar, Ireland goes overlooked. Despite the nation’s overwhelming Catholic majority and hard-fought Catholic tradition, no Irishman has likely ever comeRead more..

Knock Shrine Turns 135

The story of one of the world’s most famous Marian Shrines began 135 years ago at 8 o’clock on Thursday evening, August 21, 1879, when the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and John the Evangelist appeared on the south gable end of a church in the rural village of Knock, County Mayo. To the left ofRead more..

Mollie Rogers Inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame

Mother Mary Joseph, the founder of the Maryknoll sisters, is one of nine women who will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this October. Last year, 2012, marked the 100th anniversary of the Maryknoll sisters, so it’s an appropriate time to highlight the work of Mother Mary Joseph, or Mollie Rogers, asRead more..

Irish Methodist Church Elects Its First Female Leader

Reverend Dr. Heather Morris was installed as the new president of the Methodist Church in Ireland this June, becoming the first female to hold not only that post, but the first female head of any of Ireland’s four main churches. Dr. Morris was elected to the position last summer, and the confirmation took place atRead more..

Hospital Nuns: From the Civil War to Today

From the Civil War to Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, the extraordinary history of Irish nuns in health care. The Sisters of Mercy were the first women to go with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War in 1854. They worked with her to make nursing more effective and to improve sanitary conditions. In America, the Sisters ofRead more..

The Last Word: Love Thy Neighbor

A couple of years ago, in my capacity as President of the Glenmary Missioners, I was visiting one of our priests in south Georgia. It was February, cold and gloomy, and we had spent an entire day driving around three counties. As we drove, Fr. Vick pointed out the different trailer parks — each oneRead more..

The Testament of Mary: Tóibín, Shaw and Warner at the PEN World Voices Festival

Several years ago, Colm Tóibín taught an evening class at the New School in New York. He called it “Relentlessness,” and before each class, he would drink a mix of a double espresso, Coca Cola, and sugar that he said he thinks pretty well mimics the effects of cocaine, and, as he put it inRead more..

200 Years of People v. Philips and Religious Freedom

1813 brought the first test of the right of free religious practice and expression in the United States. The famous case, People v. Philips, which eventually solidified the priest-penitent evidentiary privilege that protects the privacy of information given during confession, was argued in New York City on behalf of the growing Catholic population by theRead more..