“The Church Would Look Foolish Without Them”: Andrew McTigue, Far Rockaway, Queens

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The commercial development of America excites the admiration and wonder of the world, but when we take into consideration the character of our citizens, it is not a matter of marvel. The very fact that advancement is open to all, that efforts will not be hampered by caste or class distinctions, seems to serve as [Read More...]

New York Pastors: Rev. Patrick McSweeny, St. Bridget’s, Avenue B, 1878

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REV. PATRICK FRANCIS McSWEENY, Pastor of St. Bridget’s Church. The Rev. Dr. Patrick Francis McSweeny, the present pastor of St. Bridget’s, was born in Ireland, July 9th, 1838. He came to America with his parents in April, 1849, in the eleventh year of his age. He was educated principally at the Jesuit College in Sixteenth [Read More...]

Colonel Patrick H. O’Rorke (1837-1863), Hero of Gettysburg

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Soldier, b. in County Cavan, Ireland, 25 March, 1837; killed at the battle of Gettysburg, Penn., U.S.A  July 1863. He was a year old when his parents emigrated to the United States. They settled in Rochester, N.Y., where he attended the public schools, and in 1853 went to work as a marble-cutter. Shortly after he [Read More...]


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