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FEEHAN, Patrick A., R. C. archbishop, born in Tipperary, Ireland, in 1829. He was educated at Maynooth College, Kildare, and immigrated to the United States in 1852. He selected St. Louis as the scene of his missionary labors, and was appointed president of the Seminary of Carondelet. He acquired great reputation as pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in St. Louis, and in 1865 was consecrated bishop of Nashville, Tenn. The Roman Catholic Church made much progress in this state during his administration, and in 1879 the number of Churches and priests had nearly trebled. He had founded a College controlled by the Christian Brothers, a convent and refuge of Sisters of the Good Shepherd, and two orphan asylums. He also introduced into his diocese the Sisters of Mercy, the Dominican Sisters, the Sisters of Charity, and the Sisters of St. Joseph, all of whom he placed in charge of academies and parochial schools. In 1880, Chicago was erected into an archiepiscopal see, with two suffrage bishops, and Dr. Feehan was consecrated its first archbishop. During his administration he has created nine new parishes in Chicago alone, and has, in a sense, founded St. Mary's training school. He was at the plenary council of Baltimore in 1884.
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