Eight months pregnant, Emma was scared. She had been staying with a friend but had to leave suddenly. With local shelters full, Emma had nowhere to turn and spent the night under a bridge. Catholic Charities helped find her an apartment through the local housing authority and gave her counseling to assist with the birth of her child.
When Monsignor Joseph Findlan was born in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood, William Howard Taft was president, World War I was three years away and it would be nearly a decade before KDKA-AM would sign onto the airwaves.