Catholic Culture Solidarity
Catholic Culture Solidarity

103—Pope Leo XIII’s NYC Hotel

By Thomas V. Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Apr 20, 2021 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

Listen to this podcast on: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS Feed | YouTube Channel

This is a listener-supported podcast! Thanks for your help!

Vision Book Cover Prints

Did you know there’s a hotel in NYC named after Pope Leo XIII? The Leo House was founded in the 1880s as a boarding house for German Catholic immigrants, at the behest of the Holy Father, and is still operating today as a Catholic nonprofit hotel providing charitable hospitality at a discount.

In this episode you’ll learn from the Leo House’s chairman and president, Michael Coneys, about the hotel’s fascinating history. The story involves Pope Leo’s special care for the Catholic Church in Germany as it was struggling under Protestant Prussian rule; as well as the St. Raphael Society, which helped political dissidents to escape Nazi Germany. It also involves a very providential visit from Mother Teresa! But this is also a very contemporary story of one of many Catholic nonprofits struggling to survive the past year’s lockdowns.

Links

Learn more: https://leohousenyc.com/

Donate to the Leo House: https://leohousenyc.com/donate/

Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus.

Thomas V. Mirus is a pianist living in New York City. He is Director of Podcasts for CatholicCulture.org, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a current donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.