Take Up And Read

Authored by Ian Ustick

St. Augustine Hall on the Queens campus of St. John's University.

St. Augustine Hall on the Queens campus of St. John’s University.

Saint Augustine was one of the foremost intellectual thinkers of his time. He lived in the Roman Province of Northern Africa, which today would be modern-day Algeria. In a pluralistic society, not unlike ours, there were competing thoughts, ideologies, and religious faiths. With Christianity now legalized and having become the official state religion of the Roman Empire, Augustine, who had formerly been a pagan, took it upon himself to become the intellectual defender of the church[1]. Continue reading

The History and Significance of Baptisms in the Catholic Church

Authored by Chante Gaines

Baptism Register Book

Baptism Register book from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

Introduction

The image, pictured to the left is a Baptism Register book from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Our Lady of Mount Carmel was the first Catholic community in Queens, organized in 1840 by Father Michael Curran (who later became the first pastor of the Church). The following year, in 1841, the trustees obtained property in Astoria to build the church; it was the first Catholic Church in Queens to have a resident priest, and the first to conduct Mass service in its own building, in 1841 (“History of Our Lady,” n.d.). Some regard Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church or “Mother Church of Queens County” as the oldest parish in Queens. Continue reading

John J. Burke and the Message of “The Seven”

Authored by Nicole Macaluso

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Speech delivered by Father John J. Burke on November 11, 1929 at the Arlington National Cemetery

The speech “The Message of “The Seven”” written by Father John J. Burke was delivered at the Armistice Day Ceremony on November 11, 1929 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Arlington National Cemetery. Continue reading