Tuesday, October 7, 2008

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Topic: Notable Catholics Born in NYC #1


Educator. Born in New York City on May 25, He studied at St. Francis Xavier, became a Jesuit in 1896, was at Innsbruck in 1907-11, and taught at Canisius and Boston College. He set up the seismograph station at the latter and gained attention as a radio commentator on the "Catholic Truth Period" program, of which he was director from 1929 to 1950. He also had taught at Holy Cross and was president of Canisius from 1919 to 1923. He died in Boston on June 5.


Scientist. Born in New York City on Feb. 6, he studied at Columbia, obtained a degree in medicine, then taught mathematics and astronomy at Columbia from 1841 to 1866. In 1848 he was a member of the United States expedition to the Dead Sea. He became a convert in 1849, served as head of the supreme council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and established and helped to build the New York Catholic Protectory. He died in Lahore, India, on Oct. 19, and is buried in Fort Lee, New Jersey.


Bishop. Born in New York City on Sept. 15, he studied at Montreal and at Mt. St. Mary's, Maryland, was ordained at Baltimore in 1838, served in upper New York State, and was pastor of a Brooklyn parish from 1841 to 1855, when he became first bishop of Portland, Maine. The diocese included the entire state had six priests and eight parishes, and was plagued by Know-Nothing propaganda; by the time of his death there were sixty-three parishes with 80,000 Catholics. He died in New York on Nov. 5.


Critic. Born in New York City, he did his undergraduate and doctoral work at Columbia, taught at Yale from 1895 to 1911 and from then until his death in New York at Columbia and Barnard. He wrote texts, essays, poems, and three scholarly studies: Ancient Rhetoric and Poetic, Medieval Rhetoric and Poetic, Renaissance Literary Theory and Practice.

BOYLAN, JOHN J. (1889?-1953)

Bishop. Born in New York City, on Oct. 7, he studied in Emmitsburg and Rochester seminaries, at Catholic University and the Pontifical Athenaeum, Rome, and was ordained in 1915. He did parish work in Council Bluffs, Iowa, taught at Dowling College, Des Moines, from 1918 to 1923, and was its president to 1942. He was vicar general of the diocese of Des Moines from 1934-1942 and was consecrated bishop of Rockford, Illinois, in 1943. He died near Narragansett, Rhode island, on July 19.

BOYLAND, WILLIAM A. (1869-1940)

Educator. Born in New York City on Jan. 6, he studied at St. Francis Xavier, taught in the public schools of the city, was associate superintendent of schools in 1927-30 and from 1930 until 1938 served as first president of Brooklyn College. He died in New York City on July 8.


Bishop. Born in New York City on Jan. 8, he was ordained, became a monsignor, entered naval service as a chaplain, and was the first Catholic chaplain to attain the rank of rear admiral in the United States Navy. He received several decorations from this country and France. He died in New York City on Aug. 16.


Author. Born in Brooklyn, New York on Dec. 7, he graduated from Harvard in 1910, when he joined the staff of the New York Morning Telegraph, went to the Tribune in 1912 as feature writer, sports writer, drama critic, and was war correspondent in France during World War I. On his return he became literary editor and wrote a daily book column. He transferred to the New York World in 1921 and soon became widely known for his column, "It Seems to Me," He was discharged in 1928 when he refused to discontinue his bitter columns on the Sacco-Vanzetti case, joined the staff of the New York Telegram (which absorbed the World in 1931), and became one of the most widely syndicated columnists in the United States. He ran unsuccessfully as a Socialist for Congress in 1930, founded the American Newspaper Guild in 1933, and became its first president. he became a convert in 1939. He lectured at Columbia and elsewhere, edited the Connecticut Nutmeg, a weekly, and was an amateur painter. His books include: Seeing Things at Night (1922), Sitting on the World (1924), Gandle Follows His Nose (1926), Anthony Comstock (with Margaret Leech, 1927), Christians Only (with George Britt, 1931), and the Autobiographical The Boy Grows Older (1922). He died in New York City on Dec. 19. (32)

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