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KEANE, John Joseph, R. C. bishop, born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland, 12 September, 1839. He came with his family to the United States in 1846, was educated at St. Charles's college and at St. Mary's seminary, Baltimore, and in 1866 entered the Roman Catholic priesthood. He was assistant pastor of St. Patrick's church, Washington, D. C., till 1878, when he was made bishop of Richmond, Virginia, being consecrated on 25 August Bishop Keane has taken an active part in the organization of Roman Catholic societies, and has been appointed rector of the Roman Catholic university that is to be established at Washington, D. C.
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