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Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Patrick August Feehan - first archbishop ofChicago
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:46:18 EST
The following is forwarded to you compliments of Jean Rice from the Irish
American Rootsweb list. The timing of her "snippet" to the list was great,
after his name and a little of his history was brought up during our lunch on
SNIPPET: Patrick Augustine FEEHAN (1829-1902). The first Catholic archbishop
of Chicago was born in Killenaule, Co. Tipperary. While he was training for
the priesthood, his parents left famine-plagued Ireland for America. The
young seminarian eagerly seized an opportunity to join them there and
completed preparation for his 1852 ordination. As a curate in three St.
Louis churches during the next few years, Father FEEHAN earned the title
"priest of the poor" for his good works among those in need. During the
Civil War, he tirelessly sought to comfort the wounded of all religions, and
as Bishop of Nashville, TN, in the post-war years, he reconstructed the
war-torn diocese by rebuilding churches and establishing schools, a convent,
and an orphanage for the children of soldiers who had died in the war. In
1880, FEEHAN was elevated to archbishop of the newly-created Chicago
archdiocese, which thrived during his 22-year administration.
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