Jesuit Blackrobe Spoke Truth

The American West in the 19th century truly was wild, bu this did not deter Jesuit Father Peter John De Smet, born in 1801 what was to become Belgium, and ordained in 1827. He died in 1873.

For almost 50 years he faithfully ministered to American Indians in the West, whose lives and culture were being radically upset by the Westward Movement. At one point, he dreamed of an independent Indian nation on the plains, but eventually he accepted the government's policy of ''peaceful coexistence.''

Native Americans trusted him so much that Chief Sitting Bull accepted this policy as well -- on Father De Smet's advice.

Still a Go-Getter

Franciscan Father Jeremy Harrington, ordained in1959, long ago made a name for himself as a go-getter, and he still is a go-getter.

Thirty years ago he took over the direction of St. Anthony Messenger, his Cincinnati province's monthly magazine, and made it into a standard of excellence for the American Catholic press. He retired a few years ago but then went to edit the Holy Land Review at the Holy Land Commissariat in Washington and, typically, is making it a standard of excellence.

It is all about his Franciscan, priestly vocation to bring the peace of Christ to God's people.


For many centuries in its Lenten liturgies, the Western Church has not used the word "Alleluia" in golden letters, then taken from the church and buried in the church yard.

Fifty years ago

In February 1960, The Priest published an article about an aggressive program in New York to attract vocations to the priesthood. Another article looked at the canonical details of the Seal of the Confessional. An article reviewed the policy, and results, of the Christian Family Movement. A Chicago provider of oriental rugs offered carpets for sanctuaries beginning at $345.

'Go in Peace'

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.