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Monday, February 28, 2011

Hollywood - Named for "Holy Wood" of the Cross

Wow!  All I can say is just, "Wow!"  It never ever occurred to me that Hollywood a/k/a Tinseltown a/k/a Sodom and Gomorrah, was named after the "Holy Wood" of Christ's Cross.

Pat McNamara, another denizen of the Diocese of Brooklyn, writes about the first Hollywood priest, Father Daniel Murphy, on his blog "McNamara's Blog."  Pat explains how Fr. Murphy was ordained in Baltimore in 1899 and then shipped off to assist at the cathedral in Los Angeles.  After a four year stint at the cathedral, Father Murphy was then sent to run the parish of "Hollywood" where he built the church of St. Victor.  Hollywood had been established in 1769 when Holy Mass was offered by Fr. Junipero Sera, the friar who established the California missions. When a wooden cross was erected in the area, it was given the name "Hollywood".

Maybe there's still hope for Hollywood, having had such an auspicious foundation.  Read more of Pat McNamara's post here.  It's a fascinating look back at the history of a city that has drifted far from its Catholic roots.  And certainly a city for which the image of the holy cross is not the first image that comes to mind.

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