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O'GORMAN, James Michael, R. C. bishop, born in County Limerick, Ireland, in 1809; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 4 July, 1874. He became a Trappist monk in 1828, and was appointed to found a monastery of the order in the United States. He selected a spot about twelve miles from Dubuque, Iowa, and erected the monastery of New Milleray, of which he was afterward prior. He was nominated vicar-apostolic of Nebraska in 1859, and was consecrated bishop of Raphanea in partibus infidelium on 8 May. Bishop O'Gorman displayed great executive ability in the administration of his vicariate. He had only three priests to assist him, and the few Roman Catholics in the territory were separated widely from one another. Priests were induced to join him, and churches and schools multiplied rapidly. He established a hospital and an asylum, and founded academies, all of which were placed under the charge of Sisters of Mercy and Benedictine nuns. He also founded Indian missions.
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