Considering Peacemakers

Deacon Greg cast his Catholic news net to my locale for this notice of our parish’s guest speaker on campus last night. Before the committee took Martha Hennessy out for dinner, I had a brief chat with her in the student lounge.

A saintly person unfamiliar to almost every Catholic was known, of course, to the granddaughter of Dorothy Day. After reading Robert Ellsberg’s essay a few years ago,  I’ve felt drawn to this man. I have a notion of using his imprisonment as a topic for a chamber opera, a medium more serious than the usual light-hearted American musical.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Considering Peacemakers

  1. John Donaghy says:

    Have you read the biography of Ben Salmon: Torin R. T. Finney, Unsung Hero of the Great War: The Life and Witness of Ben Salmon, published by Paulist Press in 1989. There’s a copy in the STA library.
    There’s also an icon of him, I think by Father William Hart McNichols.
    See you in two weeks!

  2. disarmnow says:

    Link needs update! Ben Salmon, the “saintly person unfamiliar to almost every Catholic,” can now be found at

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