Charlestown Convent (Boston)

The New Secular Puritan Covenant

Thanksgiving brings back memories for Americans of the Pilgrims and Puritans, carrying out their “errand into the wilderness” to build a “city on a hill,” surviving that first bleak Massachusetts winter of 1620-21. As a kid, I remember that cutting out Puritan hats from black construction paper and taping them to the school windows was [...]

The Ursuline Sisters and the “Outrage at Charlestown”

On the night of August 11, 1834, the Charlestown Convent lay in ruins, destroyed by a furious anti-Catholic mob.  Completed only six years earlier, the convent had been the showpiece of the Catholic Church in America.  Situated on 22 acres overlooking Boston, the convent property included a school building, a chaplain’s house, gardens and orchards.  [...]

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