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HILL, Benjamin Dionysius, clergyman, born at Watton Underwood, Bucks, England, 4 November, 1842. His father was chaplain to the Duke of Buckinghamshire, and Vicar of Watton. The son received his education at the grammar schools of Tunbridge and Shrewsbury, at Lincoln college, Oxford, and afterward at St. John's college, Cambridge, where he united with the Roman Catholic church in 1866. He then studied medicine for a year at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and, coming thence to New York entered the Paulist order in January, 1868. Here he studied for the priesthood, and was ordained, 25 March, 1871. He continued with the Paulists until 1879, when he entered the Passionate novitiate and received the habit of St. Paul of the Cross on 31 May of that year, making his profession in June, 1880. He is at present (1887) stationed at Notre Dame university, Indiana While with the Paulist fathers he acted as assistant editor of the " Catholic World." Father Hill published a volume of poems (New York, 1877), and is preparing a second volume for the press. He is a frequent contributor to the "Ave Maria," a Roman Catholic magazine, published at Notre Dame, Indiana
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