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FOLEY, Thomas, R. C. bishop, born in Baltimore in 1823; died there in 1879. he studied in St. Mary's seminary, Baltimore, and was ordained priest in 1846. He was first placed over the mission of Rockville, and afterward appointed assistant pastor to St. Patrick's Church, Washington. After 1848 he was chancellor of the archdiocese of Baltimore, and in 1867 he was appointed vicar general. Afterward, when the diocese of Chicago had been thrown into confusion by the insanity of Bishop Duggan, Father Foley was commissioned to restore order, and in 1869 he was nominated coadjutor bishop of Chicago. He was consecrated in 1870. After the Chicago fire had destroyed seven Churches and several schools and asylums, he set, at once to work to rebuild them. He erected the cathedral of the Holy Name, and founded five new convents and seven academies. During his administration the number of priests in the diocese increased from 142 to 206, and the Churches from 200 to 300.
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