The Cardinal

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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The Cardinal

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Over the weekend a colleague of mine attended his chapel at Fordham University. I myself have been to Fordham several times, but I never actually investigated the historical value of some of the buildings and names associated with each one. Coming in from the Southern Boulevard entrance across from the Botanical Garden one of the first buildings available to see is the Jesuit Chapel Spellman Hall. From the name Cardinal Spellman I only knew two things prior before entering the Chapel, one was there is a High school by Hostos Community College with that name and there must be a Catholic connection to it. For my colleague, the high school was the main connection that was made.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 From the High school website and what we already knew Cardinal Spellman once served as a single gender educational complex; however, after Spellman dedicated the school personally on May 27th, 1962, in the seventies the co-institutional model gave way to the current co-ed system. My college was not aware of the relationship of Fordham and Cardinal Spellman so understanding how the high school and this prestigious university connect was pretty fascinating.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The intent of seeing and exploring this chapel was not something the main desire, but as an ever learning scholar and student of history, it was hard to not listen and understand who Spellman was. As an engineering major my colleague would have been interested in the architect of the chapel at most, but the overall history—the interest was not 100% there. To bring some sort of fascination to the environment we were in, I was being very comical to lighten the semi-boredom. What I learned that makes some people resistant or skeptical about history is not having a simple connection.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 After the arrival at the chapel and to just to Fordham’s campus, I had my own personal connection and stories but I could not see my colleague’s connection. She began to explain how it was her first time there, which she did not know much about the campus or Fordham, and she did not know about the length of historical connections of Catholics on that campus. Learning about Spellman Chapel gave her a chance to have a brief historical overlook on Cardinal Spellman’s life, Fordham University, and the relationship to the high school.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 With the exception of the students on Fordham University Campus, Catholic followers, or people who attend the school named after Cardinal Spellman, not many people knows who he was or what he did to deceive so much notary. He was a student at Fordham University born in Whitman, Massachusetts, in 1889. Francis Spellman studied at several other religious institutions along the way, but as a resident of New York City, the focus will be on New York primarily. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1916 and later on went to be named archivist of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1924.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 In 1932, Spellman was appointed the auxiliary bishop of Boston for seven years until 1939. During the time of WWI and WWII, he had no military involvement other than a ministry to assist and pray for those involved and affected by the wars. Pope Pius XII made him archbishop of New York and vicar of the United States Armed Forces. As a vicar, he was a representative of the Catholic Church and oversaw the spiritual services to all Roman Catholics in the U.S. military. Spellman was instrumental in mobilizing American Catholics behind the war effort and as a compensation from the pope he was made the College of Cardinals.

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9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 History is based on stories, change over time, and definitely connection. The interest of people towards history almost must have all three components. For those who just enjoy history sometimes it is just one of those three to spark some interest. Now, is history dying—no, but the true history and true stories are beginning to be harder to tell and share in some communities. Historians could address those issues best by personally finding the best way to share, explain, and tell stories, change over time, and definitely the various connections history. There is no written right or wrong way for history to happen, but it must happen peacefully and told clearly and honestly.

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Sources:
https://www.cardinalspellman.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=320994&type=d

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 https://www2.gwu.edu/~erpapers/teachinger/glossary/spellman-cardinal.cfm

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Beasley, Maurine H., Holly C. Shulman, and Henry R. Beasley, eds. The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2001, 498-502.

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 The Concise Dictionary of American Biography. 5th ed. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1997, 1205-1206.


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