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Biographical Sketch of Nicholas Pfeil

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Pfeil, Nicholas; rector St. Peter’s Church; born, Cleveland, Nov. 4, 1859; son of Lawrence and Frances Reinhart Pfeil; educated, St. Mary’s and St. Stephen’s Parochial schools, Canisius College, Buffalo, N. Y., B. A., St. Mary’s Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Ohio; graduated at Canisius College, June, 1878; entered St. Mary’s Theological Seminary, September, 1878; was ordained to the Priesthood, July 1, 1883, at a little over 23 years of age; appointed pastor of St. Patrick’s Church, Hubbard, O., August, 1883; transferred to Holy Trinity Church, March 2, 1884; appointed irremovable rector of St. Peter’s Church, Cleveland, May 9, 1897; director of the Holy Childhood Society for the Diocese of Ohio; visited the British Isles, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland in 1895; second visit to Europe in 1903; made a trip to the Holy Land in the fall of 1908; gave an account of his travels in Catholic Universe and the Stimme der Wahrheit, beside a knowledge of the classical languages, possesses a thorough acquaintance with English and German; parents immigrated from Baden in 1874, and belonged to the pioneers of Cleveland.


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