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Charles Constantine Pise Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS18

Scope and Contents

The Charles Constantine Pise Papers contain correspondence, certificates, poems, and hymns of Fr. Pise. Also includes Fr. Pise's diary.


  • 1820 - 1849

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Biographical note

The son of an Italian father and mother from Philadelphia, Charles Constantine Pise was born in Annapolis, November 21, 1801. He enrolled at Georgetown College on July 1, 1812 and entered the Society of Jesus on July 29, 1815. He was one of the novices from the United States selected for training in Rome in 1820, but soon thereafter he left the Society so that he could support his mother after the death of his father. He resumed religious studies at St. Mary's Seminary in Emmittsburg and was ordained in Baltimore on March 19, 1825. He continued his education, receiving an M.A. Georgetown College in 1830 and returning to Rome, where he received Doctor of Divinity. He moved to Washington, where he served as an assistant pastor at St. Patrick's Church and as Chaplain of the United States Senate, December 11, 1832-1833 (22nd Congress). During the 1830s, he helped establish The Metropolitan, a monthly magazine published in Baltimore. In 1849, Father Pise moved to Brooklyn and helped purchased Emanuel Church, an Episcopalian church to convert it to St. Charles Borromeo. He served as its pastor from 1855 until 1866, the year of his death.

Father Pise was a distinguished writer, orator and poet whose most noteworthy work was a 5-volume The History of the Church from its Establishment to the Present Century (1827-1830). He also wrote and delivered a poem "The American Flag" that asserted his patriotism and independence from the Pope in temporal matters.


0.25 Linear Feet ( 1 box)

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Charles Constantine Pise, SJ Papers
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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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