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Isaac Hecker
Born in New York in 1819 of parents who had come from Germany, Isaac Hecker grew up in a non-Catholic family but eventually became a Catholic himself. He became a priest of the Redemptorist order, but left to found a new group, the Paulist Fathers. "He worked, during the prime of his life, with immense energy," says the Catholic Encyclopedia. "In addition to his duties as superior, he continued his work as a lecturer; he notably promoted the apostolate of the press among Catholics in America ... and created a new movement in Catholic literary activities. ... His object in view was always simple: the propagation of Catholicity." Fr. Hecker died in 1888.

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