November, 2009


I received a comment on the recent post,  The Florence Crittenton Homes from Jeannette Yeunyul Pai-Espinosa, President of the National Crittenton Foundation: Thanks Craig for including us here! Today there are 27 Crittenton agencies in 24 states still supporting the empowerment and self sufficiency of young women and their families. Today, Dr. Barrett’s great granddaughter serves on our Board of …Continue reading →

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Black Catholic History Month: The Knights of Who?

“Claverism” observes 100th Anniversary in USA Every Catholic and many a non- Catholic recognizes the name of the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, the Knights of Columbus.  This is a group of “practical” Catholic men who do charitable acts.  Indeed, over the last ten years, the “K of C” have donated more than a billion dollars to charitable …Continue reading →

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Black Catholic History Month: Black Catholics in the South

The notion of black Catholics in the South is not often the subject of much discussion by anyone, anywhere.  The southern United States is frequently thought of as having been settled largely by Scots-Irish and English people, not exactly fans of the Church of Rome.   The South is caricatured as a bastion of Baptists and, if one wants “high church,” …Continue reading →

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Black Catholic History Month: The Josephite Fathers and Brothers

Earlier in the month, we discussed the life of Father Charles Uncles, the first black priest both trained and ordained in the United States. He was instrumental in the founding of the Society of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.   This order of priests and religious were founded to evangelize the recently freed blacks in America. Actually, there had already …Continue reading →

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The Florence Crittenton Homes

Adoptions and adoptees pose special problems for genealogists.  And of course adoptees themselves have may have a difficult time tracing their genealogy.  Last Saturday was National Adoption Day in fact it was the 10th anniversary of national adoption day.  Coincidentally that day I was working on a blog entry called the “Black Catholics in My Family.” One of them was …Continue reading →

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Black Catholic History Month: Preserving St Augustine’s Documents

Okay, the headline takes some liberty: we’re talking about saving Catholic records in  St Augustine, Florida, America’s oldest city. But before we get to that, let’s understand why we’re covering this during Black Catholic History Month (not that it wouldn’t always be of interest to those interested in Catholic history generally). In a number of communities around America you will …Continue reading →

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Black Catholic History Month:First Black Priest in the USA? A Third Contender

Last week I wrote about the question of the first black Catholic priest in America.  I said the answer to that question depended upon who you asked.  I now know that the answer to the question depends upon how the you ask the question!  This is because there has emerged yet a third contender for “first black priest”. First a …Continue reading →

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And Another Thank You . . .

. . . to the California Genealogical Society & Library’s 2009 Nominating Committee, which has nominated me to be a new board member. Read about the upcoming board elections and other doings in the CGS Blog.

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Thank You to . . .

. . . Randy Seaver of Gena-Musings and Katie O’Hara of You Are Where You Came From, both of whom presented me with the Kreativ Blogger award in the past week! The rules are that a recipient must reveal seven thing about oneself and then pass the ward on to seven other deserving bloggers.   So seven things about me that …Continue reading →

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Black Catholic History Month: The Catholics in My Families

The number of black Catholics in the United States is small.  I know this both anecdotally and empirically.   I  was probably a teenager before I met another black Catholic family.   My parents, each for their own reasons,  converted to Catholicism as teenagers.   They did not know each other at the times of their conversions. My mother was raised as the …Continue reading →

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