Charles H. Stonestreet (1813–1885) was an American Catholic priest
and Jesuit who led several institutions in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
After becoming a professor at Georgetown University, he led St. John's
Literary Institution and St. John the Evangelist Church in Frederick,
Maryland. He was appointed president of Georgetown University in 1851,
and oversaw the expansion of its library. The following year, he became
provincial superior of the Jesuits' Maryland Province, which faced
growing anti-Catholicism from the Know Nothings; as a result, he forbade
Jesuits from wearing their clerical attire in public. While president of
Gonzaga College in Washington, D.C. (today a high school), he oversaw
construction of St. Aloysius Church, becoming its first pastor. In the
trial of the conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, he
was called to testify about a parishioner, Mary Surratt, and a former
student, Samuel Mudd.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
American physician Ephraim McDowell performed the world's first
removal of an ovarian tumor.
Romanian Revolution: Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and
his wife Elena were condemned to death on a wide range of charges and
A fire destroyed Longford's 19th-century St Mel's Cathedral,
considered the "flagship cathedral" of the Irish midlands.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Synonym of Christkind (“a personification of the baby Jesus who, in
German-speaking parts of Europe, takes the place of Santa Claus in
bringing gifts to people at Christmastime”)
2. Synonym of Santa Claus
3. Synonym of secret Santa (“a Christmas tradition where a group of
people give anonymous gifts to each other, with each person randomly
selected to give a gift to one other person; a person who anonymously
gives a present to another in such a gift exchange”)
4. A gift given in a Kris Kringle or secret Santa gift exchange.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Charles Lamb, in one of his most delightful essays, sets high
worth on the observance of All Fools' Day, because it says to a man:
"You look wise. Pray correct that error!" Christmas brings the universal
message to men: "You look important and great; pray correct that error."
It overturns the false standards that have blinded the vision and sets
up again in their rightful magnitude those childlike qualities by which
we enter the Kingdom. Christmas turns things inside out. Under the
spell of the Christmas story the locked up treasures of kindliness and
sympathy come from the inside of the heart, where they are often kept
imprisoned, to the outside of actual expression in deed and word. … It
is the vision of the Christ-child which enables all men to get at the
best treasures of their lives and offer them for use.
--Halford E. Luccock
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