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Isaac Thomas Hecker

(1819—1888)


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(1819–88),

founder of the Paulists. He became a RC in 1844, entered the novitiate of the Redemptorists in Belgium in 1845, and returned to his native New York in 1851. Difficulties having arisen with his Redemptorist superiors, in 1857 he was dispensed from his vows and founded a new congregation for missionary work in the USA which was known as the ‘Paulists’. It has been suggested that Leo XIII's condemnation of Americanism in 1899 had Hecker in mind.

Subjects: Christianity — Literature.


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