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Re: Arch Bishop Bernard John McQuaid
Posted by: Craig Kanalley Date: August 28, 1999 at 09:59:29
In Reply to: Re: Arch Bishop Bernard John McQuaid by Craig Kanalley of 405

McQUAID, Bernard John, R.C. bishop, was born in New York city, Dec. 15, 1823; son of Bernard and Mary (Maguire) McQuaid. He attended Chambly college, Canada, and was graduated from St. John's college, Fordham, in 1843. He was a tutor at St. John's college, 1843-46; studied theology at St. John's college; was ordained, Jan. 16, 1848, in St. Patrick's cathedral, New York city, by Bishop Hughes and was assigned to the mission at Madison, N.J. He erected churches at Morristown and Springfield, N.J., and in 1853 he was transferred to St. Patrick's cathedral, Newark. He assisted Bishop Bayley in founding Seton Hall college and seminary first at Madison and then at South Orange, N.J. He was president of Seton Hall college, 1856-57; was recalled to his old position of rector of the cathedral at Newark in 1857; and was president and professor of rhetoric at Seton Hall college, 1859-68. In September, 1866, he succeeded Father Moran as vicar-general of the diocese of Newark. He was consecrated the first bishop of Rochester, N.Y., July 12, 1868, at New York city by Archbishop McCloskey, assisted by Bishops Bailey and Goesbriand. He organized the diocese; introduced the Sisters of St. Joseph, and founded St. Andrew's preparatory seminary in 1870, and St. Barnard's Theological seminary in 1898. He was present at the Vatican council, 1869-70. He established in his diocese numerous Christian free schools, and to show the necessity of combining religious with secular education, and to demonstrate the wrong which he said was done to Catholic citizens by the system of double taxation, he lectured extensively and wrote articles in reviews.


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