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The 200th anniversary of Father Matignon's deathThomas Lester

Sept. 19, 2018 will mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Father Francis Anthony Matignon who, along with Cardinal Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus, laid the foundations of the Archdiocese of Boston ...

Bishop Fenwick corresponds with an early Catholic convert Thomas Lester

In the Bishop Benedict Fenwick Papers reside four letters from a Dr. Samuel Butler of East Berkshire, Vermont, spanning 1837 through 1841. The letters discuss Butler's choice to convert to Catholicism ...

Pope Leo XIII opens the Vatican Secret ArchivesThomas Lester

In a published letter dated Aug. 18, 1883, Pope Leo XIII writes to the Vice Chancellor and to the Librarian of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Prefect of the Vatican Secret Archives, to express ...

The burning of St. Mary's Church in Vermont Thomas 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 visitThomas 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 Namur Thomas 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 BostonThomas 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, Maine Thomas 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 ...