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Soldiers of the Cross: Heroism of Catholic Chaplains in the Civil War, Author's Guest Presentation

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

Sir Knights, I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting a distinguished guest lecturer on Thursday December 17, at 8pm. Father David Endres, PhD, will be sharing a presentation on his latest book: Soldiers of the Cross: The Heroism of Catholic Chaplains and Sisters in the American Civil War, published by the University of Notre Dame press. Father David is an accomplished historian of the Catholic Church in the United States. He received his PhD. in Church History from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC before his ordination in 2009. He presently serves as an Associate Professor of Church History at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mt. St. Mary's Seminary of the West, where he is also the Dean of Academics. He is also a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. During the Christmas season Father David comes to Northwest Arkansas to visit family and has graciously agreed to provide an educational lecture to the Knights of the Fourth Degree and their guests.

His most recent book is a fascinating collection of the personal stories of heroism of fourteen Catholic chaplains and six communities of religious sisters, representing perspectives from both the North and South during the American Civil War. In addition to these compelling personal stories, the book also contains numerous letters from high-ranking Confederate and Union officials praising the services provided by the Catholic Church. It shares perspectives from figures such as General Robert E. Lee, General George B. McClellan, and US Surgeon General William Hammond on the contributions of the Catholic Church in their own words. The book is available for sale on at this link.

During the presentation, Father David will take us through the history of the Catholic chaplaincy during the war, as well as the history of how the book came to be. The writing and research of Soldiers of the Cross has a fascinating story unto itself that began a century and a half ago. Irish Catholic journalist and Civil War veteran David Power Conyngham began the collecting the stories of the heroic contributions of Catholic religious during the war. Some of the the stories included are already familiar to historians, but many of the letters, and biographies included were never published until 2019 with the release of this book.

As an Assembly, we are very fortunate to have such an accomplished historian joining us for a lecture -- especially a priest in the middle of Advent. Information on the event is below:

Time & Date:

  • Thursday December 17, 2020

  • Immediately following the conclusion of our Virtual Assembly Meeting

  • The start time of the lecture will be 8pm.

Where: The event will be held virtually, over the internet. Below are the link and phone number for accessing the event:

Join Online:

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Ph#: (571) 317-3122 // Password: 629-626-877

Guests: The event will be made open to all Brother Knights in the Councils in Northwest Arkansas. Further, all Fourth Degree Assemblies across the State of Arkansas will also be invited as will our State Officers. As a result, having as large a turn-out from our Assembly is extremely important.

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