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The Civil War Diary

Tuesday 04 April 2017, 06:00pm - 08:00pm

The Civil War diary of Father James Sheeran, Confederate Chaplain and Redemptorist

James Sheeran was born in Ireland and emigrated to Canada about 1833. He moved to New York City were he married in 1840. In 1845 he moved again to the Redemptorist parish in Monroe, Michigan. There he and his wife had three children. James Sheeran wrote for a Catholic newspaper, taught in a Catholic school, tailored, and practiced law. When his wife and children died, he decided to become a Redemptorist priest. His first assignment was St. Alphonsus Parish in New Orleans in 1859. In the fall of 1861, the Archbishop of New Orleans, Archbishop Odin, came to St. Alphonsus, and encouraged the Redemptorists to allow some of the Fathers to serve as chaplains for the Confederate Army. Fr. James Sheeran, C.Ss.R. volunteered and joined the 2nd Polish Brigade., which became the 14th Louisiana Infantry Regiment. During the Civil War, Fr. Sheeran wrote a massive two-volume journal detailing his experiences. Recently, the Redemptorists had the journal published. Dr. Patrick Hayes, the editor of The Civil War Diary of Rev. James Sheeran, C.Ss.R., will give a presentation about the work in Our Lady of Mount Carmelby Dr. Patric Hayes, editor


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall

Tuesday April 4, 2017 6:00 PM