Skip to comments.Catholic priest ordained in America - 1793
Posted on 07/04/2014 9:33:27 PM PDT by Salvation
May 25, 1793:
In Baltimore, Maryland, Father Stephen Theodore Badin becomes the first Catholic priest to be ordained in the United States. Badin was ordained by Bishop John Carroll, an early advocate of American Catholicism, and appointed to the Catholic mission in Kentucky.
In colonial America, there were few English-speaking Catholics outside of Maryland, which was established in 1634 as a haven for Roman Catholics persecuted in England. In 1735, some 100 years after the establishment of Maryland, John Carroll was born in Baltimore into a prominent Catholic family. As secondary Catholic education was forbidden by the British colonial authorities, Carroll traveled to Europe, where he was ordained in 1769. Returning to America, he was sympathetic to the Patriot cause during the Revolutionary War and in 1790 was chosen by the Vatican to become the first bishop of the American Catholic Church.
Carroll supported the separation between church and state, and advocated an autonomous American clergy that would elect its own bishops and carry out its own training. In his early years as bishop, he endorsed the use of English in the liturgy, and on May 25, 1793, presided over the first ordination of a Catholic priest on U.S. soil. Although the American Catholic Church grew substantially under Carroll's leadership, it was the mass emigration of Catholics from Ireland, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the Balkans during the 19th and 20th centuries that made Catholicism a major force in U.S. religious life.
and on May 25, 1793, presided over the first ordination of a Catholic priest on U.S. soil.
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It’s interesting how Kentucky became a center of American Catholicism.
Gethsemane Monastery is in KY....worshipped there when travelling several decades ago.
Who in 1789 had founded Georgetown University.
Does that mean we can blame him for the result and for recent graduates???
I’m just saying...
What they have mainly been over the years is a school that works to maintain close ties to power. The 90s consolidated power in the Clinton machine, the Bush years, filled with outsiders from Texas who did not cultivate ties to GU, saw those people infest the campus (Albright, et al.) and then, with Obama it went full-fledged lefty. They love getting big names to come speak on campus, and to do it, you have to suck up to Democrats, who have long memories. Republicans are just glad to be asked.
I buy cheese and fudge from them at Christmas.
Kentucky was the first major expansion of Catholicism outside Maryland, before there was a significant Catholic presence in an of the Northeastern states. For example:
Thanks for the link. I had no idea. My father’s family settled in KY in 1985 — came in a caravan with Dr. Henry Clay and his daughter, Tabitha Clay, is my GGGG+grandmother. But, I’d never heard that there were Catholics there. That branch of my family definitely were not Catholic.
Very interesting. It’s nice that you know that much about your ancestors.