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GRACE, Thomas L., R. C. bishop, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 16 November, 1814. At the age of fifteen he entered the Roman Catholic seminary in Charleston, with the view of becoming a priest. He left after a year and became a member of the order of St,. Dolninick in St. Rose's convent, Kentucky. He was afterward sent to Rome, and studied theology for seven years in the College of the Minerva. He was ordained priest at Rome, 21 December 1839, returned to the United States five years afterward, and was engaged in missionary work for several years in Kentucky and Tennessee. In Memphis he built the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, one of the finest in the City, as well as the convent of St. Agnes, and an orphan asylum. He was consecrated bishop of St. Paul in the cathedral of St. Louis by Archbishop Kenrick, 24 July, 1859. The administration of this large diocese taxed him to the utmost, and in 1875 he succeeded in having northern Minnesota set off as a vicariate, and John Ireland was appointed his coadjutor. Dakota, which had also been under his jurisdiction, was placed under a vicar-apostolic in 1879. Although the diocese of St. Paul was thus reduced within comparatively narrow limits, it contained in 1884 one hundred and fifty priests and over two hundred Churches, with hospitals, asylums, protectories, and schools. Bishop Grace celebrated his silver jubilee in July, 1884, and in the same year resigned his see, and became titular bishop of Mennith.
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