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MORIARTY, James Joseph, clergyman, born in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland, 8 January, 1843; died in Utica, New York, 4 December, 1887. He came with his parents to the United States in 1846, was graduated at the College of St. Francis Xavier, New York city, in 1861, and finished his literary studies in St. John's college, Fordham, where he took the degree of A. M. in 1862. He prepared for the priesthood in the Sulpitian seminary, Montreal, and in St. Joseph's, Troy, New York, and was ordained, 11 November, 1865. After holding various pastorates and building several churches, he was transferred on 13 December, 1883, to Syracuse, where he raised the debt of his parish, and founded the Holy name society, a branch of the Catholic benevolent legion and the Catholic mutual benefit association. He was known as an eloquent preacher, and also appeared on the lecture platform. In 1886 he was transferred to Utica. Before this event well-known citizens of Syracuse, both Protestants and Roman Catholics, expressed the intention of waiting on the bishop in a body and asking him to allow Father Moriarty to remain. The latter, however, declined their interference and at once obeyed the order of his superior. Dr. Moriarty was versed in ecclesiastical doctrines, and learned in literature, science, and arts. His works have a large circulation among his co-religionists, and some of them received the special commendation of Pope Leo XIII. The principal ones are "Wayside Pencillings" (Albany, 1875); " Stumbling-Blocks made Stepping-Stones" (New York, 1878); "All for Love, or from the Manger to the Cross" (1881); and "Keys of the Kingdom" (1885).
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