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BARRY, John, R. C. bishop, born in the county Wexford, Ireland, in 1799; died in Paris, France, 21 November 1859. While yet an ecclesiastical student he immigrated to America and finished his studies in the theological seminary of Charleston, South Carolina, under Bishop England. He was ordained in 1825, and appointed pastor of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Augusta, Georgia During the cholera epidemic of 1832 he turned his house into a hospital, and afterward into an asylum for the orphans made by the pestilence. Bishop England made him his vicar in Georgia in 1839, and he was promoted to the vicar-generalship of the diocese of Charleston, and appointed superior of the theological seminary in 1844. He was the first to establish a Catholic day-school in Georgia. He was present at the council of Baltimore as theologian in 1846, and was appointed vicar-general of the diocese of Savannah in 1853, where he volunteered to nurse the victims of the yellow fever. On the death of Bishop Gartland from the epidemic, he was appointed administrator of the see, and in 1857 was created bishop. He had never fully recovered from the exhaustion brought on by his labors in the epidemics of 1853 and 1855, and he visited Europe for the benefit of his health in 1859.
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