An escaped slave, Fr Augustus Tolton become America’s first black diocesan priest in 1886 thanks to the help of an Irish Augustinian, Fr Peter McGirr from Co. Tyrone.
“People laughed when Archbishop Hughes began to plan a cathedral on what was then the remote 51st Street on 5th Avenue. They called it ‘Hughes’s Folly’, but time would show that ... Archbishop Hughes was ahead of the rest in anticipating the growth and future strategic importance of mid-Manhattan.”
“Forgiveness for me doesn’t mean that you are pardoning someone or excusing someone from their actions. It doesn’t mean that you need to tell the person they are forgiven” – John McAreavey.
Members of new group 'Rise of the Roses' to visit ten convents on consecutive Saturdays from 13 June to 15 August to affirm religious sisters and promote religious life.