Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Nativist Movement in the United States

Antipathy toward Catholics in the United States in the nineteenth century was manifested in the Nativist movement of the 1830's and 1840's and the Know Nothing Party of the 1850's. 

The lecture will examine the origin of Nativism. 

It will also focus on the violent attacks against the Ursuline convent in Charleston, Massachusetts in 1834 and the Bible Riots in Philadelphia in 1844.

Where? Central New York Marian Center
When? July 11, 2109.  Prayer at 6:30, Lecture at 6:45

Our President, Dick Fitzgerald, will deliver the lecture.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The History of the Catholic Church in the United States in the Early Nineteenth Century

June 13

The presentation will begin with an overview of the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton--focusing on her conversion and work for the Church. 

The class will then explore the significant impact of Catholic voters during the period from the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800 through the administration of Andrew Jackson.

Prayer: Liturgy of the Hours-6:30 PM

Presentation: 6:45 PM

Central New York Marian Center

Monday, April 8, 2019

April Meeting

Due to Easter falling on the third Sunday of April this year, our monthly chapter meeting has been moved to the second Sunday, April 14

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Glorious Revolution and the Development of Catholic Political Philosophy

On Thursday evening, April 11 2019, at the Syracuse Marian Center, Mr. Richard Fitzgerald O.P. will resume his class on the History of the Catholic Church in the United States. The meeting will begin with prayer at 6:30 PM followed by the lecture described below.

The Glorious Revolution and the Development of Catholic Political Philosophy

This months presentation will focus on the Glorious Revolution of 1688-1689, which unleashed widespread persecution of Catholics in the British North American colonies. Chapels were closed, the celebration of Mass and the sacraments were outlawed, and Roman Catholics were denied the right to vote and hold political office.

The lecture will also explore the Catholic response to this oppression. Roman Catholics in the colony of Maryland developed a Catholic counter-revolutionary society and a political philosophy based upon the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, Francisco Suarez, Juan de Mariana and Catholic Natural Law Doctrine. This school of thought formed the foundation of Catholic political philosophy during the American Revolution.

Monday, November 12, 2018

A Joyous Day!!!!!

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, Region 3 of our Province (pretty much covering all of New York State north of the Lower Hudson Valley) held our semi-annual Regional Council meeting Our Lady of the Rosary Dominican Monastery in Buffalo, NY.
One of our new members, Mary Kay Welgoss, make her Temporary Promises in the Order for a period of three years.
Chapter President, Mr Dick Fitzgerald, OP, and Fr. Confer hear the promises.

In other news, Dick was elected Regional President for the next 3 years.
And our outgoing chapter Vice-President, Mr. Lou Pizzuti, was elected the Region's Alternate Delegate to the Provincial Council.

Join us in congratulating Mary Kay, and may God grant her many happy years in our order.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Life Promises and Acceptance into the Order

On Sunday, January 17, 2017, Betty Croniser and Michael Lieber were received into the Dominican Order as Novices and Ruth Harbach (Sister Mary Catherine) made her Life Promises.

A reception followed.

Chapter President, Mr Dick Fitzgerald, OP

Provincial Promoter, Fr. Bede Shipps, blessing scapulars

Sister Mary Catherine / Ruth Harbach

Monday, August 17, 2015

Jesus, in Effect, Used Abortion as a Direct Metaphor for Hell

By Dave Armstrong.

Canaanite idol / god Molech, or Moloch; 18th-century German illustration [public domain / Wikipedia]
I just recently learned that “Gehenna”: Jesus’ standard metaphor for hell (Mt 5:22, 29-30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 33; Mk 9:43, 45, 47; Lk 12:5), was not a place of constantly burning garbage, as is often thought (and what I formerly understood it as being). Rather, it was a place where children were sacrificed to false gods. That is why Jesus used it to describe hell. Some strains of rabbinical Judaism also did so.
Gehenna is a reference to the Valley of Hinnom, which is directly south of Mt. Zion, near the Old City of Jerusalem. When I was in Israel in October 2014, I walked down a good portion of the Kidron Valley (after walking around the entire Old City), next to the Temple Mount and ancient City of David, down to the Pool of Siloam. This is perpendicular to the Valley of Hinnom. But I didn’t go further into that area, due to the significant unrest in the Arab portions of Jerusalem when we were there. We even got tear gas in our eyes when visiting Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem. It would have been strange indeed to walk the valley that in Jesus’ mind was akin to hell itself, due to the ritual childkilling that so often took place there.

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