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PELLICER, Anthony Dominic, R. C. bishop, born in St. Augustine, Florida, in 1825; died in San Antonio, Texas, 14 April, 1880. He studied for the priesthood in Spring Hill college, near Mobile, Alabama, was ordained priest in 1850, and appointed pastor of St. Peter's church, Montgomery, Alabama, having at the same time several distant stations under his charge. He built a church in Camden in 1856, and afterward organized a congregation in Selma. He was attached to the cathedral of Mobile in 1865, appointed a member of the bishop's council, and vicar-general in 1867. During the civil war he was a chaplain in the Confederate army, and was noted for the devotion with which he attended the sick and wounded on both sides. In 1875 he was elected bishop of the newly created diocese of San Antonio, embracing that part of Texas between Colorado and Nueces rivers. He began his administration by visiting every parish in his diocese, travelling over the prairies on horseback, and sometimes sleeping in the open air. He built churches and schools where they were most needed, but exposure and excessive labor affected his health.
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