September 13, 1841 - Fr. Sorin arrives in New York

Father Sorin was chosen by Father Basil Moreau to lead six Brothers of Holy Cross to Indiana to begin a school. The Holy Cross contingent would depart France and travel to the port city of Le Havre. They boarded a ship called The Iowa and set sail for the new land. Passage cost 1500 francs for a small space in baggage. After several days, the Captain would offer the Priest a cabin on the deck. From here Father Sorin would be able to say mass multiple times during the journey. He also would baptize a sick girl, only to follow with the Last Rites. Each of the Brothers themselves would get sea sick but as the boat reached calmer waters in the open sea they would no longer ail.

After a thirty nine day journey, the seven Frenchmen arrived in New York on the eve of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross with only 1500 francs to their name. Father Sorin disembarked the ship, kissed the ground while thanking God for this gift, and prepared to say his first mass on American soil the following day.

If you want to learn more about the early years at Notre Dame, particularly the first 100 years of its founding, then try and find a copy of the book "Notre Dame: 100 Years" by Arthur J. Hope, C.S.C.. It is out of print and can only be found second hand but makes a great addition to any library. If all else fails, the University Archives has a digital version on their website, which is available here.

Keywords: father sorin, holy cross, father moreau

Posted On: 2011-09-13 03:15:00 by IrishTrpt07


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