St. Alphonsus priest, Civil War chaplain left journal

    James B. Sheeran, an Irish immigrant, was a teacher at a Redemptorist school in Michigan in 1849 when his wife died, making him a single father to two young children.
    In those days, there weren’t many options for a single dad other than remarriage or placing his children in an orphanage to be reared. Deciding to leave his children behind, Sheeran said, “was like tearing the heart from my bosom.”
    But what happened next was an even bigger surprise.

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