The Hanneman Archive is first and foremost a history project. Its pages contain stories of people from across many generations. While it is not a religious web site per se, it really has an important Catholic element. I dedicated The Hanneman Archive to my late father, David D. Hanneman, a faithful cradle Catholic and more than 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus. His faith informed everything in his life. It was a gift from God, delivered through his parents, Carl F. Hanneman and the former Ruby Viola Treutel. It then became a gift to me and my siblings. So it must inform what we do here at The Hanneman Archive.
Even when the subjects covered here are not religious in nature, my ability to research and publish them is sustained by my deep and abiding faith in Jesus, the Christ, the son of the living God. So I entrust this effort to Him, through the intercession and protection of His Blessed Mother. The Blessed Virgin Mary was close to the heart of my dear and favorite teacher, Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979). So
I also do this work under his prayers and protection, as I pray for the ongoing cause for his canonization. Archbishop Sheen was among the Catholic Church’s greatest communicators and evangelists. I highly recommend the biography of Sheen written by my friend, historian Thomas C. Reeves: America’s Bishop: the Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen.
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, pray for us.
The Catholic Church was established by Christ himself at the close of his earthly life. It is, among many other things, the “pillar and bulwark of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15). The truth that God created man to know, love and serve him in this world and to enjoy eternal happiness with him in the next. The truth that God so loved the world that he sent his only son into the world that it might be saved (John 3:16). That Jesus Christ, the new Adam, came into the world to die as an expiation for our sins, to rise again and to reconcile us to God the Father in Heaven.
From the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:33-36), the Church has been Christ’s visible presence on earth. At the Savior’s command at the Last Supper when he instituted the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the Church has re-presented Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary to every age down through the centuries. The Eucharist, as Christ’s Real Presence; His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, offered under the appearance of bread and wine; is celebrated at every hour, every day, around the world. It is the “source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium 11).
The Catholic Church, it its unbroken line of successors to St. Peter the first Pope, fulfills Christ’s command to proclaim the Good News, to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:18-20). Under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Church compiled the canon of sacred scripture, known popularly as The Holy Bible. To aid the faithful in their journey on this earth, the Church administers the seven sacraments that Christ established: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.
To learn more about the Catholic faith, here are some excellent resources:
Catechism of the Catholic Church — A compendium of what the Church believes and teaches, promulgated in 1992 by Pope St. John Paul II.
Word on Fire — A ministry of Father Robert Barron, this incredible site offers books, documentaries, online videos, commentary on Scripture and more.
Heroic Priesthood — An award-winning short film by Word on Fire and Spirit Juice Studios about young men studying for the priesthood at Mundelein Seminary.
Catholics Come Home — A fantastic web site with moving videos and other resources. Not just for fallen-away Catholics. Their two-minute video, “Epic,” is a must-view resource.
About.com Catholic Pages — A timely and interesting guide to the faith, maintained by Scott P. Richert.