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DZIEROZYNSKIN, Francis, Jesuit, born in Orsani, Poland, in 1779; died in Frederick, Maryland, in 1850. He entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in 1794. After his ordination he was made professor of theology in the University of Polotzk, and continued there till 1820, when he was banished by the Russian government and came to the United States, where he landed in 1821. He was appointed superior of the Jesuits of the United States in 1823, and was active and successful in extending the influence of his order throughout the country. He founded, during his superiorship, the College of St. John in Frederick, Maryland, and gave great impetus to education in this and in other ways. On the expiration of his term, in 1830, he was appointed professor of theology in Georgetown College, and in 1834 he took charge of the Jesuit novitiate of Frederick. He was created provincial of the Jesuits in 1840 and during his term of office founded the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.
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