American Catholic History
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February 22, 2022
Archbishop Spalding Asks for Help!

In the wake of the Civil War, millions of suddenly freed slaves needed priests to evangelize them and bring them the sacraments. Baltimore's Archbishop Spalding petitioned Pope Pius IX for missionaries. At the same time, the Mill Hill Fathers of England were seeking a missionary territory. Pope Pius IX made the connection and sent the Mill Hill Fathers to America. In America they eventually became the The Josephites.

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