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DUCEY, Thomas James, clergyman, born in Lismore, Ireland, 4 February 1848. When five years old he came to the United States, and, after spending some time in a law office, was adopted in 1859 by James T. Brady. He studied at the College of St. Francis Xavier, New York, and then entered the theological seminary, Troy, New York, in 1864. He was ordained priest, in 1868, and attached to the Church of the Nativity in 1869. While here the tone of his sermons excited the animosity of members of the Tweed ring, who complained to Archbishop McCloskey, and endeavored to have the young priest sent, out of the City. His superiors supported him, however, in his denunciation of civic corruption. He was transferred to St. Michael's in 1872, and in 1873 began the work of organizing societies of Roman Catholic young men. With this object he purchased property, and for three years maintained the work to which he had devoted himself out of his own resources. In 1880 he founded the Church of St. Leo" at a cost of $200,000. He was one of the first to warn the public of the extent of municipal corruption in New York in 1885, declaring it worse than ever before. Father Ducey was assistant chaplain to the Tombs for some years, having volunteered for this office in addition to his other duties. He is now (1887) employed in founding a home for indigent servant women.
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