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PRESTON, Thomas Scott, clergyman, born in Hartford, Connecticut, 23 July, 1824. He was graduated at Trinity in 1843, and at the general theological seminary of the Protestant Episcopal church in 1846, after which he was assistant rector of the Church of the Annunciation, and subsequently of St. Luke's, in New York city, until 1849. Accepting the Roman Catholic faith, he then went to St. Joseph's theological seminary in Fordham, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1850. After serving as an assistant in the cathedral in New York city, and as pastor of St. Mary's church in Yonkers, New York, he was in 1853 appointed chancellor of tile archdiocese of New York, and in 1873 became vicar-general in connection with the duties of the chancellorship. Since 1861 he has been pastor of St. Ann's church, and in 1881 he was appointed a domestic prelate of the pope's household, with the title of monsignor. The degree of S. T. D. was conferred on him by Seton Hall college, New Jersey, in 1880. He has published "Ark of the Covenant, or Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary" (New York, 1860); "Life of St. Mary Magdalene" (1860); "Sermons for the Principal Seasons of the Sacred Year" (1864); "Life of St. Vincent de Paul and its Lessons" (1866);"Lectures on Christian Unity, Advent, 1866" (1867); "The Purgatorian Manual, or a Selection of Prayers and Devotions" (1867);" Lectures on Reason and Revelation " (1868) ; " The Vicar of Christ" (1871) ; "The Divine Sanctuary: Series of Meditations upon the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus" (1878) ; "Divine Paraclete" (1880) ; "Protestantism and the Bible" (1880); "Protestantism and the Church" (1882) ; "God and Reason" (1884) ; and "Watch on Calvary" (1885).
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