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James Luke Meagher


Meagher, James Luke, clergyman ; b. in Ireland, Aug. 14, 1848 ; s. John and Bridget (Connelly) 'Meagher; relative of the famous Gen. T. F. Meagher, commander of "Irish Brigade" during Civil War; prepared for Cornell Univ., but went to Montreal, where was prof., 1 year, in St. Mary's Coll. ; then studied French and sciences, two years in philosophy, and 3 years, divinity. Ordained, 1875, priest in Roman Catholic Church and began ministry. 

Writer of many works on Christian Doctrine; degree of D.D.,  conferred by Pope Leo XIII, 1903, the ceremony taking place in the Pope's Cathedral, St. John Lateran, Rome, Cardinal Satolli officiating (the only American who received this honor). Served six years as ass't priest and fourteen as pastor; while pastor of church at Cazenovia was directed by Cardinal Satolli to establish a publishing sow. in N.Y. City to supply libraries, churches, etc.   Founder. and pres. Christian Press Ass'n Publishing Co., an association composed of 2,000 bishops and priests. 

Founder and pres. Christian Literary Union, founded for composition of Christian literature to defend religion and uphold the Government of this country, and deeded property worth $50,000 to this union in 1897.   Officiates and preaches in many churches in Greater N.Y. and vicinity, but has a private chapel in residence at Long Island City, granted by Papal Brief of Pope Pius X. Has a watering place of 1121/2 acres on Cazenovia Lake, where sometimes spends Summers.   Has visited Europe frequently; also extensive traveler in U.S., Canada, Mexico and Orient. Address: 110 East Av., Long Island City, N.Y.

Source:  Builders of Our Nation, Men of 1914 pub. Men of Nineteen-Fourteen, Chicago, Ill. 1915.


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