Gathered Fragments

Gathered Fragments is the journal of the Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Issues are released yearly and are available for ordering immediately through the Catholic Historical Society website. After two years, issues are made freely available through Duquesne Scholarship Collection. See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal.

Current Volume: Volume XXVII (2017)


John C. Bates

Western Pennsylvania’s First Martyr: Father Gerard A. Donovan, M.M.


Sister Mary Regina Donovan, S.S.J. (Nora Donovan)

Paul J. Dvorchak

Antebellum Culture Warriors: Bishop Michael O’Connor, The Pittsburgh Catholic, and Jane Grey Swisshelm

Very Rev. Robert M. Pipta

History of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius

James K. Hanna

History of Immaculate Heart of Mary Collegiate Seminary

Mike Aquilina

Samuel Hazo: Everybody’s Autobiographer

Dennis P. Wodzinski

Former Churches of the Diocese of Greensburg

John C. Bates

 Rev. Clifford M. Lewis, S.J. — Journalist, Husband, Priest, College Co-Fonder, and Historian

Mike Aquilina and

Ann Rodgers

“I’m Their Bishop and I Need to Respond to Their Pain”

James W. Garvey

History of the Location of St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality

Kathleen M. Washy

Setting the Stage for Sister Mary Mark’s Memoir Beacon in the Dark

Sister Mary Mark Mullen

Beacon in the Dark


Celebrating Lay Apostolate History in the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Holly Joy McIlwain

Revitalizing Parishes through Effective Ministries

Sharon Camino Serratore

Lay Apostolates Serve the Church of Pittsburgh with a Living Faith: The Christ Child Society of Pittsburgh, The Christian Family Movement, Emmaus Retreats, Family Promise, The Ladies of Peter Claver, The Ladies of Charity


Cover of Gathered Fragments Volume 27 showing the stained glass Men of Maryknoll window, The Chapel of Our Lady, Canterbury School, New Milford, Connecticut. Father Gerard Donovan is represented in the lower right panel. Photo from the Canterbury School.