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SCANNELL, Richard, R. C. bishop, born in County Cork, Ireland, 12 May, 1844. After completing a course of mathematics and classics in a college at Middleton, Cork, he entered the Foreign missionary college of All Hallows, Dublin, where he studied theology, and affiliated himself to the diocese of Nashville. He was ordained a priest early in 1871, and embarked immediately afterward for the United States. He was appointed assistant at the cathedral of Nashville after his arrival, then pastor of St. Columba's church, East Nashville, and after a few years rector of the cathedral. He governed the diocese as administrator, during a vacancy in the see, from November, 1880, till June, 1883. In 1885 he organized the congregation of St. Joseph's, in West Nashville, and on the creation of the diocese of Concordia, Kansas, was elected bishop, and consecrated on 30 November, 1887.
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