John Murphy Farley

Cardinal, Archbishop of New York, born Newtown, Ireland, 20 April 1842; died New York, New York, 17 September 1918. He was educated at Saint Macartan's College, Monaghan, Saint John's College, Fordham, New York, Saint Joseph's Seminary, Troy, and the American College, Rome, where he was ordained priest, 1870. He was assistant rector of Saint Peter's church, New Brighton, Staten Island, was created domestic prelate by Pope Leo XIII, with the title of Monsignor, 1884; and vicar-general of the Archdiocese of New York, 1891. He became titular Bishop of Zeugma and auxiliary Bishop of New York, 1895, and succeeded Archbishop Corrigan to the archiepiscopal see, 1902, being created cardinal, 1911. During his administration the archdiocese made extraordinary progress in the erection of parishes and opening of Catholic schools. He was a decisive force in the hierarchy by composing differences which had divided certain groups among them. He encouraged every effort on the part of the laity and clergy that "seemed to make for good." He was most earnest in his cooperation with the editors of the Catholic Encyclopedia, and to him largely is due its publication. Among his writings are "The Life of Cardinal McCloskey" and a "History of Saint Patrick's Cathedral."

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