Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Brookland Neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Brookland lies in the northeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. It is where our son Daniel and his wife Amanda now reside. Shortly after we had arrived, on Friday, they took us on a walking tour of their neighborhood. Brookland has been called "little Rome" by some, for the many Catholic institutions clustered around the Catholic University of America, which is located within its borders. In 1910 Bishop Thomas J.Shahan, rector of The Catholic University of America, suggested building a national shrine to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. The Crypt Church (located in the lower level of the present church) was completed in 1926. It is pictured below.