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Brother Aidan's Extracts

BALTIMORE, St. Patrick's School

"This school for the girls was opened on the feast of St. Matthew, 1859. In the same month the Brothers of Holy Cross came to open the Boy's School and to take charge of the larger orphan boys living on Broadway in a building known for many years as the Orphan Home." OUR PROVINCE, p. 240, Sr. Rose Eileen, 1859


"It was decided that Brother Edward should go to Baltimore from Philadelphia to treat with Rev. F. Donovan on the condition of our new establishment in that city. Brothers Matthew, August, and Emmanuel are destined for this foundation. The first as farmer, the second as tailor, and the third as shoemaker" Local Council, Aug. 22- See also "Orphanage, Baltimore", 1860

"Orphans' Home, on Harford Avenue, near the city limits, under the charge of the Brothers of Holy Cross, who teach various trades to the boys. Number of orphans, 30." CATHOLIC DIRECTORY, 1860, p. 60- See also "Philadelphia -- Baltimore")

"The sisters and the select scholars were then moved to the Orphans' Home on Broadway, which the Brothers had taken charge of in 1859 . . . " THE KING'S HIGHWAY, p. 289, 1859

"An orphan asylum at Baltimore is to be placed under the charge or our Brothers and Brother August and Brother Emmanuel are mentioned as fit for the establishment." Local Council, May 23, 1859

"I am much obliged for your kindness in sending me the Brothers for our Orphans' Home. I trust, I hope we will now succeed . . . I will do all I can to please you Brothers and to have here a good establishment. I sent you a draft on N.Y. to pay the charges of the Brothers and the Sisters to Baltimore." F. James Dolan, Sorin, 8-29-59, Provincial

"Male Parish School of St. Patrick's Church, Baltimore, under the direction of the Brothers of Holy Cross. Pupils 150" CATHOLIC DIRECTORY, the same for 1860 and 1866, 1865

"Father Superior will write to the pastor of St. Patrick's Church, Baltimore in order to obtain some explanation of his last letter in which he seems willing to commit to our society the care to his Orphan Asylum" Local Council, June 8, 1849

"At the same time the Brothers of Holy Cross came to Baltimore to open a school for Boys. They established also an agricultural and trade school for older orphan boys, who lived in a farm near Darley Park." FLAME IN THE WILDERNESS, p. 153, 1859

(Brother Edward- Sorin. Aug. 29, 1859) (Provincial)

"Enclosed you will find the agreement as well as I could make it with Father Dolan . . . The Orphan's Home, which I visited with Father Dolan and his trustee, is a beautiful place, formerly a country seat about one mile from the city. The lot contains about forty acres, the house is large and splendid and is surrounded by a spacious park. The house cost was $18,000.

"At present he has but 36 boys and he says he could get 200 in a week, but doesn't expect much can be done this year . . . I visited many of the priests and all are pleased that our community is to be established here. I also had a long audience with the Most Reverend Archbishop who received me most kindly. He spoke of the delight he felt at Notre Dame, and was most pleased at our coming to Baltimore . . . The Asylum has not given much satisfaction up to this time but now that it is controlled by the Brothers a great change for the better is expected.

"I have been asked here why we did not succeed in Buffalo." (1859

"In the early part of 1846 Father Dolan purchased 118 acres of land on the York Road, about three miles from Baltimore, as a site for his new institution for which he secured the Brothers of St. Patrick from Ireland. Through lack of proper support Father Dolan was unable to carry out his original idea. He was forced to satisfy himself with two small institutions for dependent and neglected children known as the Dolan Aid and St. Patrick's Orphanage. His plan may have been premature . . . " O'Grady, CATHOLIC CHARITIES IN THE UNITED STATES, p. 190, 1859

"In the same month (September) the Brother of Holy Cross came to open the Boys' School, and to take charge of the larger orphan boys living on Broadway in a building known for many years as the Orphan Home . . .

"Two hired women did the cooking and washing for the Sisters, Brothers and Orphans. The larger boys were employed on a farm near Darley Park, to which clothing and food were periodically sent. An agricultural and trade school was provided for their education." THE EASTERN PROVINCE, Sister Renata, pp. 240- 1, 1859

"The Archbishop of Baltimore (Kenrick) had come to visit Notre Dame, and to spend 24 hours, (August) amid this young family, some members of which he had had for several years in his archdiocese, (at Washington) and a new colony of whom were preparing to start for the city of Baltimore." Sorin, 1859

"In August 1870, the residence on Broadway, which since 1859, had been occupied by the Orphan Home under the care of the Brothers of Holy Cross, was reconditioned for the use of the sisters. At the same time the home for the orphans was transferred to Bank Street, where they continued to reside until 1876." OUR PROVINCES, Sister Rose Eileen, p. 242, Provincial

"1860- Bro. Edward, Director, Bro. Frederick, Bro. Paschal, Bro. Emmanuel . . .

" . . . when the new building is completed the remainder of the boys will be brought into the city . . . We hope to have a good establishment here. Father Dolan is very kind. He is very anxious that we should succeed here, and that we should have a college here too. We have no priest on any of our missions more friendly to our community." Provincial, 1860

"The Brothers have two houses in this city: One a parish school at St. Patrick's, and the other an orphan asylum two miles from the city. The school has 150 pupils, the orphanage 35. Salaries are $150 a year, with board and lodging. This foundation, not yet a year old is doing quite well under the direction of Brother Edward, one of the best members of the Society. The pressing demands for Brothers from this city are the best proofs of this." Sorin's, 1860 (Father James Dolan- Sorin. 8-4-65) (Provincial)

"I take the liberty of asking what you intend doing next year for my boys' school. I informed you long ago that Brother Boniface would be the man for a German school, but he did not suit this school . . .

"If you can send me two good Brothers for my boys' school, I can do with them as the Brothers will have only the larger boys next years. Send me such a man as Brother Bernard . . . Give us one man to carry out your rules.

"The Orphan Asylum is carried on as usual without any rules. Oh, for a good Brother who would take an interest in the poor orphans and advance them!" . . . I hope and pray that God may inspire you to send here such a one."

"Aug. 18: Brother Boniface left here last n ight. He and I got on well together, but the people were not pleased with the school." 1865

"Baltimore, not having signified any intention to continue, remains closed. At least no signs of reopening were manifested." Sorin, 1867, see also "PHILADELPHIA, and BALTIMORE (F)"

"The establishment of Baltimore was virtually abandoned, as the Rev. Mr. Dalton having been telegraphed to, as before recorded, did not think proper to answer." Provincial Chapter, 1867

" . . . The Sisters (of Holy Cross) and the select school were then moved to the Orphan's Home on Broadway, which the Brothers had taken charge of in 1859, and which was renovated at this time for the use of the Sisters' school, the name of which was then changed to Academy of Holy Cross. The orphans were removed into the house on Bank Street, where they remained until 1874."

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