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Biography of John Baptist Miege

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now John Baptist Miege, first Catholic bishop of Kansas, was born in 1815, the youngest son of a wealthy and pions family of the parish of Chevron, Upper Savoy, France. At an early age he was committed to the care of his brother, the director of the episcopal seminary of Moutiers, and completed his literary studies at the age of nineteen. After spending two more years at the seminary in the study of philosophy, on October 23, 1836, he was admitted to the Society of Jesns. The following eleven years he spent in further study, a portion of the time at Rome under eminent masters. In 1847 he was ordained priest and completed his theological training in the following year. In the midsummer of 1849 Father Miege set sall for the Indian mission of North America, and reaching St. Louis in the fall was appointed pastor of the little church at St. Charles, Missouri, which included the mission of the Portage. Later he was removed to the house of probation at Florissant, Missouri, where he taught moral philosophy, and in 1851 was sent to St. Louis University. In the fall of that year he was appointed to the vicariate apostolic of all the territory from the Kansas River at its mouth north to the British possessions, and...

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Biography of Rev. James Thomas Coffey

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Rev. James Thomas Coffey, pastor of St. Leo’s Catholic church at No. 2315 Mullanphy street in St. Louis, was born near Jefferson City, in Cole county, Missouri, November 8, 1861, his parents being Michael and Ann (Fitzsimons) Coffey, who were natives of Ireland and came to the United States in the ’40s as children with their respective parents, who made their way direct to St. Louis. Michael Coffey and Ann Fitzsimons were married in the old cathedral by Father Ryan, who was later archbishop of Philadelphia. Mr. Coffey was one of the pioneers in railroad construction in the west and was widely known as one of the builders of the North Missouri Railroad, now a part of the Wabash system, from St. Louis to Kansas City. He was also one of the builders of the Iron Mountain and subsequently of the Narrow Gauge, now the suburban line, from St. Louis to Florissant. He was likewise connected with the construction of other roads through the west and became widely known as a railroad builder, thus operating to the time of his death, which occurred in 1901. His son, James Thomas Coffey, was educated in St. Francis Seminary at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he pursued his preparatory and classical studies, and in 1882 went to Rome, Italy, to complete...

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Biography of Rt. Rev. John Patrick Farrelly, D. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Farrelly, John Patrick, Rt. Rev. D. D.; Bishop of Cleveland; born, Memphis, Tenn., March 15, 1856; son of John P. and Martha Clay Moore Farrelly; early education in the grammar schools of Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky; studied classics for three years at Georgetown University, Washington, D. C.; in 1873, went to Europe, to complete classical education; graduated from the College of Notre Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium; from Namur, went to the American College, Rome, to study philosophy and theology; at the conclusion of a brilliant course received the Doctorate in Sacred Theology from The University of the Propaganda, Rome; was ordained priest, May 22, 1880, by Cardinal Monaca Lavalletta, in the Lateran Basilica, Rome; asst. pastor of the Cathedral, Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 5, 1882; pastor of the Cathedral and Chancellor of the Diocese of Nashville, 1883-1887; Sept. 25, 1887, was made sec’y of the American Bishops at Rome; spiritual director of the American College, Rome, 1894-1909; received the title of Monsignor from Leo XIII, and enjoyed the same distinction under Pius X; March 16, 1909, he was notified of his appointment to the See of Cleveland; May 1, 1909, he was consecrated Bishop in the Chapel of the American College, Rome, by Cardinal Gotti, Perfect of Propaganda; assigned by Bishop Morris of Little Rock,...

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Biographical Sketch of Rev. William A. Scullen

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Scullen, William A. Rev.; Ph. D., S. T. D., J. C. D.; sec’y Diocese of Cleveland; born, Oct. 2, 1879, East Liverpool, O.; son of Patrick and Joanna Scullen; Parochial and public high schools, East Liverpool; St. Charles College, Ellicott City Md., 1898-1902; St. Mary’s Seminary, Cleveland, 1902-1903; American College, Rome, 1903-1909; Ph. D., from the Propaganda University, Rome, 1904; S. T. D., same university 1908; J. C. D., Apollonaris University, Rome, 1909; ordained priest by Cardinal Respighi, Sept. 21, 1907, in the Lateran Basilica, Rome; appointed sec’y of Cleveland diocese, June 14, 1909; member Alumni American College, Rome, (historian, 1912); Alumni St. Charles College, Alumni, East Liverpool High...

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Biographical Sketch of Reverend Thomas C. Right O’Reilly

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now O’Reilly, Thomas C. Right Reverend ; S. T. D., LL. D., Monsignor; chancellor of the Diocese of Cleveland, and pastor of St. John’s Cathedral; born, Cleveland, Feb. 22, 1873; son of Patrick and Delia Readdy O’Reilly; educated, St. Patrick’s, Cleveland 1879-1887; Spencerian Business College, Cleveland, 1887-1888; St. Ignatius College, Cleveland, 1889-1893; St. Mary’s Seminary, Cleveland, 1893-1894; American College, Rome, Italy, 1894-1899; received degree S. T. D., from Propaganda University, Rome, 1899; LL. D., from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, 1909; was ordained priest by Cardinal Cassette, June 4, 1898, in the Lateran Basillica, Rome; asst. pastor St. John’s Cathedral, Cleveland, July, 1899 to September, 1901; professor and treas. St. Mary’s Seminary, Cleveland, September, 1901, to December 1909; became chancellor of the Diocese of Cleveland, Dec. 2, 1909, and also pastor of the Cathedral Church, Sept. 19, 1911; member Board of Synodical Examiners and Examiners of St. Mary’s Diocesan Seminary, Cleveland; alumnus, American College, Rome, 1911-1912; presided at the 1912 reunion of the Alumni Ass’n, held at the Hollenden Hotel, and Country Club Cleveland; alumnus St. Ignatius College, Cleveland, its first president; member Knights of Columbus; chaplain of Gilmour Council; started the movement for spiritual retreats for men, under the auspices of the Knights of Columbus, the first re-treat of this kind was held in Cleveland...

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Biography of Charles Tracey

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now CHARLES TRACEY A REPRESENTATIVE Albanian whose sterling qualities of the head and heart have brought him into popular favor, and who has already been honored by the bestowal of responsible political positions, is the Hon. Charles Tracey, our present congressman from this district. He is descended from a long and influential line of Irish ancestry. Born at No. 757 Broadway, Albany, on the 27th of May, 1847, he has thus passed his forty-third year, and is in the vigor of manhood, possessing the capabilities of performing efficiently the active and onerous duties of life. In 1838 his father, John Tracey, removed to this country from Canada, in consequence of the native rebellion then existing in that country. He lived in Albany till his death on the 12th of July, 1875. He was a man of high character, having served as a trustee in many local organizations, both financial and charitable; was once a candidate for state senator; was a most respected and excellent citizen, and his departure was deeply and widely regretted by his fellow-citizens. His wife, Maria Tracey, survived him five years, dying in 1880. The benevolent and charitable disposition of Mr. and Mrs. John Tracey will long be remembered by the citizens of Albany. Charles Tracey, the subject of our present sketch, was sent...

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Biography of Archbishop F. N. Blanchet

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now ARCHBISHOP BLANCHET. – The Most Reverend F.N. Blanchet ranked among the apostolic men who laid the deep foundations of the Catholic faith in this country. He was born at St. Pierre, Riviere-du-Sud, Quebec, Canada, September 5, 1795, was educated in the Petit Seminaire, Quebec, and was ordained July 18, 1819, by Archbishop Plessis. At that time Oregon was simply the name given to a territory extending along the Pacific coast from latitude forty-two degrees to fifty-four degrees, forty minutes north, until finally, in 1846, – the year of the accession of Pius IX. to the see of Peter, – all the territory south of the forty-ninth parallel was ceded to the United States. In 1811, the Pacific Fur Company, of which John Jacob Astor, a furrier, and the founder of the New York house of Astor, was a leading member, established a trading-post called Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia river. Afterwards came the Hudson’s Bay Company, employing many Canadians, most of whom were Catholics. Many of them settled and intermarried with the Indians of the territory; and with these there was a demand for Catholic priests and Catholic worship. Application was first made to the Right Reverend J.N. Provencher, bishop of Juliopolie (RedRiver). The demand for Catholic priests was earnestly indorsed by Sir George...

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