Brief Sketches of Notable Catholics Born in New York City D-I

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DONAHUE, JOSEPH P.(1870-1959)

Bishop. Born in New York City on Nov. 6, he studied at City College, then at Manhattan (which gave him an honorary doctorate in 1940). He studied at St. Joseph's seminary, Troy, was ordained in 1895, and was a curate in New York City and Mamaroneck. In 1937, Cardinal Hayes made him a member of the diocesan board of consulters; he was made a monsignor that year and auxiliary bishop of New York in 1945. He also served as chairman of the archdiocesan school board (its present office building is named after him), and worked with Catholic Charities, the orphan asylum, and the Eucharistic League. He died in New York City on April 26.


Composer. Born in New York City on Jan. 10, he studied at City College and music at Columbia under Edward MacDowell, and became organist in New York and New Jersey churches. He was an associate editor of singing, wrote The Galleon, an opera, three symphonic poems (Annabelle Lee, Lovesight and We), songs, an overture on Negro themes, and works for violin and piano. He died in Jersey City on July 24.

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GRACE, JOSEPH P. (1872-1950)

Executive. Born in Great Neck, New York, on June 9, he graduated from Columbia in 1894, went into the shipping business, and by 1909 had developed William R. Grace & Co. to world-wide success. He became president of that firm in that year, president of its board of trustees in 1929, and retired in 1949. He merged other interests to establish Pan American-Grace Airways in 1929. He was trustee of many charitable institutions and was well known for his philanthropies. He died in Great Neck on July 15.



Cardinal. Born on Nov. 20 in New York City, he studied at Manhattan, and St. Joseph's seminary, Troy, and was ordained in 1892. After two years of graduate study at Catholic University, he served in New York as a parish priest, and in 1895 became secretary to Bishop John M. Farley. When the latter became archbishop of New York, Fr. Hayes became chancellor and was commissioned to establish Cathedral College, of which he became first president in 1903. He became chancellor, was made domestic prelate in 1907 by Pope Pius X and, in 1914, was appointed titular bishop of Tagaste and auxiliary bishop to Cardinal Farley. Pope Benedict XV named him ordinary of the armed forces in 1917, on the death of Cardinal Farley, he was named archbishop of New York and installed in 1919. He established Catholic Charities in New York and was one of the founders of the National Catholic Welfare Conference. In 1924, Pope Pius XI elevated him to the cardinalate. He died on Sept. 4, 1938, at St. Joseph's Villa, Sullivan County, New York, and was buried in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City.


Born in New York City, he studied in Kentucky and Ohio, was ordained a Dominican at Louvain in 1895, taught in California, was superior of his order in Columbus and Washington, and became provincial in 1909. He died in New York City on Sept. 21.


Founder. Born in New York City on Dec. 18, he worked in a foundry and bakery, and during 1842-43 joined the Brook Farm and then the Fruitlands community. In 1844 he became a convert, joined the Redemptorists the next year, was ordained in 1849 in London, served as a parish priest, and in 1851 was sent back to the United States. During the next six years he worked among immigrants, but became convinced of the need for ministering to native Americans and sought to establish a headquarters for the English-speaking members of the Redemptorists to work among native Americans. In 1857 he went to Rome and through a misunderstanding was dismissed from the order by the general. On his appeal to Pope Pius IX he was dispensed from his vows as a Redemptorist and authorized to form a new congregation devoted to the conversion of the United States. On his return in 1858 the Congregation of the Missionary Priests of St. Paul the Apostle (Paulist Fathers) was founded, with Fr. Hecker as superior in New York. During the next thirty years he devoted himself to building up the congregation, founded the Catholic World in 1865, the Catholic Publication Society (which became the Paulist Press) to distribute Catholic books and pamphlets, in 1866, a juvenile journal, the Young Catholic, in 1870, and became a leading exponent of the apostolate of the press. He attended the Vatican Council in 1870, and in 1887 published a collection of essays, The Church and the Age. Beginning in 1871 he suffered a series of nervous break-downs which left him in ill health the rest of his life, and practically an invalid for his last five years. He died in New York City on Dec. 22.


Bishop. Born in New York on June 1, he studied business at St. John's, Collegeville, Minnesota, entered the Grand seminary, Montreal, in 1878, studied further at the Sapienza and Apollinaris, Rome, and was ordained in Montreal in 1884. He became pastor of the cathedral in St. Paul in 1886, rector of the St. Paul seminary in 1898-1910, and in 1910 bishop of Winona, Minnesota. He founded St. Mary's College, Winona, in 1921, established the diocesan Courier, and died in Winona on May 23.


Author. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he studied in private schools and at Williams College, where he also took a doctorate in civil law. In 1872 he joined the New York Evening Post, of which his father was part owner, and became assistant publisher in 1875, and publisher in 1877. In 1881 he sold his interest in the Post, went to Europe, and began writing novels (The Prelate, 1886; Agatha Page, 1888) and dramas. In 1896 he became a convert. He died in Rome in Mar.

HUGHES, JOHN J. (1856-1919)

Born in New York City on Dec. 6, he studied there and in Maryland, was ordained a Paulist in 1884, was assistant superior and in 1909 and 1914, superior general. He was one of the founders of the Catholic Converts League of New York. He died in New York City on May 6.


Novelist. Born on June 20 in New York City, he was educated at Yale, in New York, and in medicine at Pennsylvania, although he never practiced. After teaching psychology for three years he became an Episcopalian minister in 1841, preached in Middlebury, Vermont, resigned in 1846, and in 1849 became a convert with his wife. He edited the short-lived Metropolitan Magazine in Baltimore and the Leader in St. Louis, and published Poems (1843) and popular novels; Lady Alice (1849), The Forest, Rosemary, and the partly autobiographical Alban, or the History of a Young Puritan. He died in Pau, France, on Mar. 10.


Mayor. Born in Hunter, New York, he went to Brooklyn at nineteen, studied at new York Law School, practiced law in Brooklyn, and entered politics. He was appointed justice of the municipal court in 1906 and judge of the Kings County court in 1914, and was elected mayor of New York City in 1917 and 1921. He was defeated in the Democratic primary in 1925, became justice of the children's court in Jamaica in 1930, and died in Forest Hills, New York, on Jan. 12.

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Article Name: Brief Sketches of Notable Catholics Born in New York City D-I
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


Dictionary of Catholic Biography by John J. Delaney and James Edward Tobin, Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City, New York (1961)
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