Msgr. Thomas P. Hadden, of the Diocese of Raleigh, was the first African-American to attend Rome’s North American College.

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, a convert after attending a Catholic school, he wanted to be a priest, but thought that he could not function as a priest in this country because of race. Raleigh’s late Bishop Vincent S. Waters, a native Southerner, would not hear of it. He accepted Thomas Hadden for the seminary and ordained him in 1958.

Msgr. Hadden distinguished himself as a pastor, but at least early in his priesthood he faced racial hostility. He died in 2012.

Father Kesicki Named Head of U.S. Jesuits

The Superior General of the Society of Jesus has named Jesuit Father Timothy P. Kesicki, born in Erie, Pa., ordained in 1994, to be president of the Jesuit Conference of the United States, the body that enables coordination and communication among American Jesuit provinces.

Father Kesicki attended John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and has been a teacher and administrator in a Jesuit high school and superior of the Detroit Province. His first assignment after ordination was in Uganda.

The Society of Jesus, the largest community of Religious men in the Church, serves universities, parishes and services across this country.

Miracle at Hiroshima

The world’s first atomic bomb detonated at Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. Eight German Jesuit priests lived in a house eight blocks from the hypocenter. The house stood. All the priests survived for many years, none with lasting effects from the blast.

Fifty Years Ago

In August 1963, The Priest published an article on ways parish priests could promote ecumenism. Another article explored the possibilities of electronic bookkeeping in parishes. An author published letters he had received from a priest imprisoned by Chinese Communists.

‘Go In Peace’

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” — Lk 1:46-47