Category Archives: Staff Posts

Wilfrid and Alice Meynell: The Couple at the Heart of Great Britain’s Catholic Revival

Wilfrid Meynell was born into a Quaker family in 1852 (he would live until 1948!) and converted to Catholicism at age eighteen. Although Meynell first considered a career in chemistry, he had a great interest in literary endeavors which he … Continue reading

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Francis Thompson and the Beginnings of the Burns Library

This is the second post in a series detailing the many British Catholic Author Collections of the Burns Library. You can read previous posts here. In the John J. Burns Library’s British Catholic Authors Collection there are several distinct collections built … Continue reading

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“The gamest and pluckiest soldier I ever saw.”

In this Veterans Day blog post, Frederick J. Gillis (1893-1988) of the class of 1916 represents all of the Boston College men and women and their families who have sacrificed so much for their country. Frederick J. Gillis of Dorchester … Continue reading

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Anthony Rhodes: the Catholic Historian

This is the first post in a series detailing the many British Catholic Author Collections of the Burns Library. Anthony Rhodes was born in Plymouth, England on September 24, 1916 to Colonel George E. Rhodes and his wife Dorothy Rhodes. … Continue reading

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James Brendan Connolly: Olympian, Author, Bostonian

Did you know that the first American Olympic medalist was a Bostonian and also a writer of sea stories?  James Brendan Connolly is perhaps no longer a familiar name, but he was once considered the “foremost among sea-writers”(Dwyer,1).  Fabien P. … Continue reading

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John LaFarge, S.J. and The Unity of the Human Race

To complement the opening of the new exhibit at Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art on the American painter, muralist, and stained-glass designer John La Farge, we present a rare and remarkable document in our Burns Library collections authored by … Continue reading

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Rev. James H. Murphy, C.M., Burns Visiting Scholar For Fall Semester 2015

The John J. Burns Library welcomes Rev. James H. Murphy, C.M., Professor of English at DePaul University, Chicago, as the Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies for the fall 2015 semester. A graduate of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, … Continue reading

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