Please join us on Monday, Nov. 5, at 2:00 p.m. in room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library as Raff Ellis, MBA, presents a lecture about his new book, The Bishop’s Curse. Ellis’ lecture—co-sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Falvey Memorial Library, and the Department of History—is titled “The Bishop’s Curse: Was it True?” Copies of Ellis’ book will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Light refreshments will also be served.
Short Synopsis of The Bishop’s Curse:
The year was 1860 and while the nation teetered on the brink of the great Civil War, another albeit smaller rebellion had broken into the open in the little town of Carthage, NY. Given the gravity of former, the latter squabble seemed insignificant except to those mid-19th Century Irish Catholic church members of St. James Parish. For them it became a serious life-changing event that they believed put them in danger, not only of losing their immortal souls but also from the consequences of their bishop's curse.
The devout Catholic Richard Gallagher came to America at the age of seven on an infamous "coffin ship." He rose from humble circumstances to succeed both financially and politically. As a lay church trustee, he led a drive to obtain more frequent church services for his parish. Little did he know his aspirations would set him on a collision course with the Church hierarchy. The clergy, as is their wont, insisted on unconditional obedience and issued dire warnings of calamities to befall him and his fellow parishioners should they not obey.
As the drama played out, personal and natural tragedies made many believe the bishop had indeed cursed them--as evidenced by premature death, fires, earthquake, and economic setbacks.