Category Archives: Famous Catholics

A well-rehearsed media pantomime

Some may have noticed this week that the usual committed secularist media in Australia have recently again set out to “get” Cardinal George Pell. Well, no surprises there. Strident secularist forces and certain like-minded Catholics have been together at this … Continue reading


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Mother Antonia Brenner, RIP

From the, 23 Oct 2013: Mother Antonia Brenner, who has died aged 86, was a twice-divorced former Hollywood socialite and mother of seven who, in 1977, gave away most of her possessions, put on a homemade nun’s habit and … Continue reading

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St Luke

Mabuse – St Luke October 18.–ST. LUKE. My first thought, when St Luke is mentioned, is of him as a writer, leaving us the vivid pen-portraits in the gospel that bears his name and Acts. However, tradition has it that … Continue reading

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Ss Jean de Brébeuf & Isaac Jogues

From the Catholic Herald: The 32-year-old French Jesuit Jean de Brébeuf travelled to New France in North America in 1625. He worked with the Huron, an Iroquoian tribe famous for their ferocity, with whom the French settlers traded.

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A short film about Pope (Emeritus) Benedict’s life

This is a short film my teenage son put together as a sort of personal tribute to our beloved Pope Emeritus.

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Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko

Father Finigan has a fine post about his trip to Poland and his visit to the shrine of Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko.

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In Memoriam – Archbishop Oscar Romero

From:   Especially as the Pope embarks on on his first visit to Spanish-speaking Latin America, with this Saturday marking the 31st anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, here, some pieces of the homily … Continue reading

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On crossing the Tiber

This short piece from The Anglo-Catholic was written by  Fr. Dwight Longenecker.  A reminder perhaps for us to continue to support and pray for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. When you become a Catholic, it may be that Mother … Continue reading

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The Conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne

(From: Prof. Schoeman’s Site: Salvation is from Jews) Alphonse Ratisbonne was the son and heir of a wealthy, aristocratic family of Jewish bankers in Strasbourg, France. When Alphonse was still a child his older brother, Theodor, converted to the Catholic faith and … Continue reading

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Ten amazing Catholics of the year

In the ‘Features’ section of the Catholic Herald online, Mary O’Regan profiles 10 Catholics around the world who showed extraordinary courage, skill and determination during 2011: Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister for minorities and a Catholic, was ambushed, shot and killed … Continue reading

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Praise of Glory – Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

“A praise of Glory is a soul of silence that remains like a lyre under the mysterious touch of the Holy Spirit so that He may draw from it divine harmonies; it knows that suffering is a string that produces … Continue reading

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John Wayne’s conversion to Catholicism

by DAVID KERR (EWTN NEWS/CNA)  John Wayne, for many, was a Hollywood legend who symbolized true masculinity and American values. To Father Matthew Muñoz, though, he was simply “granddaddy.” “When we were little we’d go to his house, and we’d … Continue reading

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Eve Lavallière

Eve Lavallière (stage name of Eugenie Fenoglio) was born in Toulon, France, on April 1, 1866. The second child and only daughter of Emile and Albanie Fenoglio, she later described her painful youth. “As a child, I knew not what … Continue reading

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From Hollywood Actress to Benedictine Prioress

Amidst the serene Latin chants of the Divine Office from Matins to Compline, an unsuspecting visitor to the rustic environs of the 400 acre Abbey of Regina Laudis (Queen of Praise) in Bethlehem, Connecticut would have never guessed that among … Continue reading

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The Jesuits In America: Life Magazine, October 11th, 1954

Editor’s note: This is an excellent article about Jesuits. It makes me want to sign up myself! Sadly, I lack the youth or the brains.-BB Click here to read (for an index of the priests mentioned see: Good Jesuit, Bad … Continue reading

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