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Brother Aidan's Extracts


(Hughes -- Sorin; 1844) "I am most happy to hear of the success of your institution and the promise it holds out of great service to the Church of God in this country.

"I do not think that schools ought to be gratuitous, but at a price so moderate as not to impose either a burden or a humiliation on the Parents.

"In reply to the 3rd -- I think that the labors of the Brothers need not, at first especially, to be confined to any one diocese, for should the experiment succeed there is no reason why at a later period each diocese might not have a house of its own. Nothing can be more reasonable than that the priest requiring a Brother should pay his traveling expenses, and I will not say $40, which I think too little, but $50 a year for his clothing. I think, however, that the Brothers ought in every case be two at least and not one alone." John, Bishop of New York

"The principle of Bishop Hughes was: 'Let parochial schools be established and maintained everywhere; the days have come, and the place, in which the school is more necessary than the Church'. This principle bore fruit, as is shown in the fact that in the interval of 23 years between the debate before the common council (1841-64) and the death of Archbishop Hughes, some 38 new schools were erected in the diocese" A HISTORY OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE U.S., Burns, p. 160

"Rather than surrender his authority over the Sisters to their diocesan Ordinaries, he (Sorin) had withdrawn them in 1856 from New York, where he ran counter to Archbishop Hughes, no meek antagonist; then in 1861 from Chicago, where he could not agree with Bishop Duggan. the same problem of administration remained to be solved in Philadelphia." FLAME IN THE WILDERNESS, p. 210; McAllister

See under: Co-education; Manual Labor School, 1844

"The school before the Church; later: The school alongside the Church." REV. J.A. BURNS, GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, ETC. p. 13

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