Monday, December 10, 2018

Thursday Lecture - The Catholic Church in Colonial Maryland

This presentation will focus on the establishment of the Catholic colony of Maryland by the Calvert family. The lecture will also explore the development of Maryland's Act of Religious Toleration. This law is one of the most important documents concerning religious liberty in modern history.

Additionally, the class will describe the role of Catholic women in colonial Maryland. We will focus on their influence on the Catholic religion as well as their power in the colony's legal system.

Those attending the presentation will find it profitable to review documents 25, 26, 27, 28, 31,32 & 33 found in Documents of American Catholic History.


Where? Central New York Marian Center, Taft Rd.
When? Dec 13, prayer at 6:45, lecture at 7:00

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.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Anti-Catholicism in British Colonial America, Part 1: New England




The anti-Catholicism of the English Reformation, including the harsh Penal Laws that limited the economic, political and religious freedom of Catholics were brought to North America by the English colonists. From 1607 through the American Revolution, there were at least one-hundred and fifteen colonial laws that penalized Catholics, preventing them from practicing their faith and exercising their right to participate in the political process.Some of these laws actually made it a capital crime to be a Catholic priest in a number of English colonies. This months lecture will focus on the anti-Catholicism of the New England Colonies.



Thursday, Nov 8, 2018, Central New York Marian Center, Vespers at 6:30, Lecture at 6:50

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Catholic Church in the United States, Part II

We will continue to examine the impact of the of the English Reformation on the British Catholic Church. Emphasis will be placed in the dissolution of the English monasteries and the attempted counter-Reformation of Mary Tudor. Additionally the class will explore the impact of the penal laws on Catholics during the reign of Elizabeth I and the Stuart Monarchy.


Thursday, Oct 11, 2018, Central New York Marian Center, Vespers at 6:30, Lecture at 6:50

Friday, September 7, 2018

Thursday Night Lecture Series starts up

The Catholic Church in the United States: A Political and Episcopal History 
Part I The English Reformation
Presented by St. Louis Bertrand Chapter of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic
Thursday, Sept 13, 2018
6:30 PM at the CNY Marian Center,  5180 W Taft Rd, Syracuse, NY 13212

Lecture by Mr. Richard Fitzgerald, OP.
Retired Adjunct Professor in History, OCC

The historical narrative that evolved out of the English Reformation centered on the argument that the Catholic Church in sixteenth England had lost the support of the English people. The Protestant thesis described the Church as a decadent, corrupt organization that abused its members. This dying church, according to the reformers, created a religious/spiritual vacuum that was filled by the new purified Church of England.

In the late twentieth century this historical depiction was challenged by a number of British historians of the Reformation period. One of the most prominent of these "revisionist" historians was Professor Eamon Duffy of Cambridge University. In his groundbreaking work, The Stripping of the Altars, Duffy challenged the traditional Protestant narrative by examining the records of numerous Catholic parishes of pre- Reformation England. He found that the vast majority of the English people loved and embraced Catholicism. To quote Professor Duffy, "Hostility to the Papacy was not the cause of the English Reformation, it was one of its consequences."

The presentation will explore the work of the revisionist historians and the multi generational attack by the Tudor regime on the Catholic Church. In time a historical narrative would be constructed that equated Protestantism with patriotism and Catholicism with treason. This worldview would eventually be transported to the English colonies;which in turn would be the basis the anti-Catholicism which still exists today.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February Meeting

Lou Pizzuti will deliver a talk entitled

The Right Time: The Graeco-Roman Religious and Philosophical world in which Christ built His Church, Part 1

 While we were yet helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. - Rom 5:6