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GALBERRY, Thomas, R. C. bishop, born in Naas, County Kildare, Ireland, in 1833; died in New York City, 10 October, 1878. When he was three years old his parents emigrated to the United States and settled in Philadelphia. He was educated at Villanova College, Pennsylvania, studied theology, and was ordained priest by Bishop Newmann, 20 December 1856. His first mission was at Lansingburg, New York, where he built a Gothic Church at an expense of over $33,000, and near it a convent for the Sisters of St. Joseph. He had become a member of the Augustinian order, and on 30 November, 1866, was appointed superior of the commissariat of Our Lady of Good Council, the mission of the order in the United States. He also held the office of pastor at Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he completed a Church building. He was next elected president of Villanova College, and during his incumbency rebuilt the College and entirely reorganized the course of studies. He was elected provincial of the Augustinian order when that body was formed into the province of Villanova in 1874. Shortly afterward he was nominated bishop of Hartford by the pope. He sent his resignation to Rome, as he did not wish to be separated from his religious brethren, but he was required to obey, and was consecrated by Archbishop Williams, 19 March, 1876. His application to his new duties weakened a constitution never strong, and, feeling that his health was failing, he set out to seek rest at Villanova. When near New York he was seized with a haemorrhage, which proved fatal shortly afterward.
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