From Irish Convict to Boston Catholic Newspaperman

John O’Reilly was an Irishman born in 1844 who join the British Army, but was then transported as a convict to Australia, until he later escaped and made his way to America, eventually coming to Boston and becoming of America’s then-largest newspaper which is now the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, The Pilot. It’s a fascinating story that comes from the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Perth, Australia.

Domenico Bettinelli, Jr., is a father of five and husband, a Roman Catholic, born in Boston, educated at Franciscan University of Steubenville, who has worked in Catholic media--print, broadcast, and online--since the mid-90s. Find out all about Dom on his About Me page.