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HENNESSY, John, R. C. bishop, born in Ireland about 1825. He began his labors in this country as a missionary priest in the diocese of St. Louis, and was pastor of churches in New Madrid and Gravois from 1850 till 1855, when he became professor of dogmatic theology and holy scripture in the Roman Catholic theological seminary at Carondelet, Missouri, and two years afterward was appointed superior of that institution. He was subsequently attached to the cathedral in St. Joseph, Missouri, and in 1864 officiated at St. Joseph's church there. In April, 1866, he was consecrated bishop of Dubuque, Iowa. Early in his ministry he founded the Hospital of mercy at Davenport, Iowa, established St. Joseph's college there in 1873, and the same year was instrumental in founding St. Malchy's priory at Creston, Union County, the first English-speaking community of Benedictines in the United States. Bishop Hennessy was one of the fathers of the third plenary council of Baltimore, Maryland, in 1884.
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