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Father Locher, who accepted at once
' the profered position. From Carlin-
ville he removed on Rev. Ostrop's re-
turn, to Quincy. In doing so he
yielded to the importunities of his
clerical friend, Rev. Jos. Still, of St.
John's Church.

Every one was highly elated when
it became known that Father Locher
was the newly chosen pastor of St.
Mary's; even that younger priest
whom Father Mirbach had repeatedly
petitioned the Bishop, in 1894, to ap-
point as assisstant "cum jure succes-
sionis" to him, felt equally pleased
and reconciled at this appointment.
Nine and one half years Father
Locher presided over the destinies of
St. Mary's. A brilliant German scholar
he soon paved his way into public
esteem and regard by his acknow-
ledged erudition, culture and learning.
As pulpit speaker he is even today yet
referred to as having been most elo-
quent and convincing. In his dealings
with others he was always kind, char-
itable and proved himself a true friend
and sympathizer of people in need
and distress. He lived for St. Mary's.

To advance her interests was his
one great thought. That he at times
would encounter some petty difficul-
ties or caused differences of opinion
to arise which were calculated to up-
set some pet schemes or frustrate
plans and hopes is but natural to ex-
pect, esp. of a somewhat high minded
man of Rev. Locher's temperament
whose disposition it was, as quite re-
cently a good friend of his expressed
himself, to become at times a little
"hitzig und blitzig." When it became
known however, that good Father
Locher had died after but a few days
illness occasioned by pneumonia,
mourning and grief were deep and sin-
cere, every one of his numerous friends
felt he had sustained a keen personal

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His funeral was solemn and impres-
sive, attended by the Bishop and the
majority of the diocesan clergy, to-
gether with a vast concourse of peo-

Rev. Joseph Locher was a native of
Wuertenberg, a "Swab," as the say-
ing goes, born January 22nd, 1851, at
Aulendorf, near Rottenburg, the old-
est son in the family of three chil-
dren. After finishing his classical stu-
dies at Ellwangen he entered upon a
university course at Insbruck, and
later on at Munich, graduating there-
from with honors and distinction in

1872. Deciding to study for the priest-
hood and to devote and consecrate
his life to foreign missions, he came
to America in September, 1873, and
entered Mt. St. Mary's College, Cin-
cinnati, Ohio. In September of the
following year he was raised to the
priesthood at Alton, 111., by the Bishop
of the diocese, the Rt. Rev. P. J.

His untimely demise o ecu red
December 10th, 1904. He was buried
in St. Boniface cemetery of that city.
R. I. P.



omnes qui sperant in Te

A meritorious veteran priest went to

his eternal reward February 10, 1917,
one who had performed hard and
laborious work from 1869 1876 at
Hillsboro, Taylorville, Morrissonville,
Raymond, Staunton, New Douglas
and Pana, it was the Rev. Frederick
Lohman, since 1876 till the day of
death pastor of Aviston, 111. (Belle-
ville) Father F. Lohman was born
at Drensteinfurt, Westfalia, April 24.
1842, studied theology at the Col-
legium American in Muenster and
was ordained to the priesthood May
8, 1869, (together with Fathers Jos.
Meckel and H. Eggenstein.)

His funeral occured at Aviston, 111.
February 15, attended by a vast con-
course of sympathizing fellow priests
and sorrowing parishioners.


Old St. Patrick's of Decatur, was
in deep mourning. Wierdly and sad-
ly her tolling bells had announced
to an apprehensive congregation the
passing of their beloved pastor, Rev.
Peter Joseph Mackin. The expected
had happened, death had invaded the
rectory and deprived the loyal faith-
ful parishioners of their worthy pas-
tor. The intelligence of his demise
was received with expressions of pro-
foundest regret not .n'y by his own
devoted people but throughout the
diocese and bevoncl. Cut the people
of St. Patrick's whom he had so ably
served were the >:h'.ef sufferers. Cinef

stricken they bowed their heads in
sorrow and will long continue to
mourn their great loss. They will
continue to pay tribute to the charac-
ter, the priestly virtues, the ability
and thei service of their departed pas-
tor whose death, caused by intense
rheumatic affections, called all too
soon from hence. The grim reaper
mowed down his victim on March 26,
1898, in the 51st year of his life. Our
defunct then stood on the high pla-
teau of middle life, in that serene at-
mosphere where conditions are most
favorable for noble enduring achieve-

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Father Mackin was a big man in
every sense, big in stature, big in
heart and sympathy, big in ideas and
of unflinching fortitude. He was em-

inently a man of character, a man
whose life was regulated by principles
of the noblest type. He was widely
read in many branches and on useful
topics. His taste was cultured and re-
fined, he abhorred show. His orator-
ical abilities, which were known far
and wide, were devoid of artifice.
He was not a posturer nor phrase-
monger, for he was too intense, too
earnest, to employ the cheap and pal-
try decorations of discourse.

Father Mackin strove to implant
big ideals in the minds of his young
men as they should be the guiding
and animating force in the life of
every Catholic young man without
which his life is dull and common-
place. Ideals of manhood, achieve-
ment and service should mark every
one. He was more-over a great pro-
moter of Catholic Education which he
deemed the essential and all-vital re-
quisite for the present day. Judged
by the severest tests of human worth
we must confess that Father Mackin

was a great man. This is the verdict
of those who lived with him on terms
of intimacy and of his wide circle of
admirers amongst the clergy and lai-
ay throughout this and adjacent dio-
ceses. By way of passing, we may
add that Father Mackin was great and
lavish in hospitality and was more-
over a great story teller. In his
priestly functions and administrations
of parochial temporal affairs our de-
cedent was punctual and exact. St.
Patrick's blossomed and prospered
under his guiding influence. He threw
concentrated energy into all parish
work, hence great results were
achieved not only in Decatur but in
all other parishes where Father Mack-
it was called to preside over. No
wonder then that sorrow was so uni-
versal when it became known that
this ideal man and ideal priest had
been beckoned by the palled messen-
ger with the inverted torch to depart.
Though dead and gone, Father Mack-
in continues to live in the hearts and
memories of his numerous friends
and faithful people.

' 'You may break, you may shatter
The vase, if you will,
But the scent of the roses
Will hang around still' 1 .

If it be true that "death loves a
shining mark," it may surely be said
that calumny, slander and ignorance
always turn their attention in the same
brilliant direction. They are the or-
dinary weapons of warfare employed
to undermine and ruin a good man's
character. Father Mackin was not
exempted from the attacks of the foul
and loathsome creatures who crawl
about the footsteps of so many illus-
trious men, especially the servants of
God's holy altar. The injured priest
however was vindicated. The unpleas-
ant and painful incident occasioned
his transfer from Jacksonville to Ed-
wardsville and from thence ot Deca-

Rev. Peter Joseph Mackin was
born in 1847 in Xewtown, Hamilton
County, Armagh, Ireland. When
about 16 years old he began to study
for the ministry at All Hallows Col-
lege, Dublin. During his college life
he distinguished himself in his studies

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standing at the head of his classes
and carrying off many of the first
prizes. When twenty-three years of
age he was ordained to the priest-
hood June 25, 1870 by Rt. Rev. Bishop
Woodlock, who sent him to Alton
diocese with encouraging words as to
the success of his ministry. His first
work was assistant to Fr. Walsh, but
he was sent after a short time as
pastor to Carrollton, where he re-
mained two years. Next Father
Mackin was appointed to Our Sav-
ior's parish of Jacksonville, where he
worked well for six years, going from
thence to Edwardsville. On October
31, 1878, he was installed in St. Pat-
rick's Decatur, succeeding Father
Timothy Hickey. Here he was made
an irremovable rector and a dean of
the district. The good he has ac-
complished in Decatur and elsewhere
need not be detailed here. In sum-

ming up Father Mackin's activity in
Decatur, the "Review" of that city
said of him: "The Catholics of Deca-
tur and all good citizens have reason
to be thankful to him."

When Henry Ward Beecher was in
Decatur one Sunday, he attended
Father Mackin's church. On his re-
turn to Brooklyn at the first sermon
to his congregation, he spoke of the
sermon of Father Mackin and eulo-
gized him highly.

When approaching death threw its
shadows over the life of Father
Mackin, he was attended by his
brother, the late Father M. T.
Mackin, of St. Brandon's church, Chi-
cago and Father Alois Teppe, of De-
catur. He was conscious to the last
and his passing away was easy. He
died in his arm chair fully prepared
to meet his Lord and God. R. I. P.


"The lone churchyard is dark and dim
And the mourners raise a funeral hymn".

A fearless champion of the church
and her teachings, a man of trans-

parent honesty and purpose and 11 p-
rightness, one who combined in his
person the characteristics of a true
disciple of the Master, was Father

Thomas F. Mangan. None was ever
more beloved and liked by his parish-
ioners in the various parishes than he.
His personality was majestic, hence
his great influence for good. Among
all creeds he stood out as a shining
light. In all public affairs Father
Mangan took an active interest and
was always intimately connected with
all that tended toward the uplift of

Under his management the incipi-
ent parish of Jerseyville, which had
constructed a small frame church in
1857, the year previous to his coming
there, began to feel self-assertive.
During the three years of his stay at
Jerseyville, from the time of his ordi-
nation in February, 1858 January 19,
1861, our young, vigorous pastor laid
the foundation for that congregation's
subseq'iient strength and power.
From here he attended to Carroll-
ton's spiritual wants and at times
sought out the scattered Catholic
families in the surrounding counties.

From Jerseyville he was sent in
1861 to Jacksonville and thence to
Alton, where for some time he acted
as rector of the Cathedral. In June,

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1863, the aged Father Thomas Ryan
had died at Mattoon. Who was to
fill the vacancy at this already im-
portant Catholic centre? Father
Mangan. And with his coming the
young and energetic priest infused
new life into the affairs of that parish
At once he started with the erection
of a priest's residence, which was
afterwards used as a Sisters' convent
Then he added to the church a sanc-
tuary, sacristies and gallery. To-
wards the close of his stay, he bought
the ground on which the present St.
Joseph's school stands and built a
two-story school house at his own ex-
pense, which outlay, however, the
parish re-imbursed. He called the
Ursuline Sisters to teach the schools.
His success in the cause of education
was remarkable and the temperance
cause which he valiantly espoused in
those days, owes him a debt of grati-
tude. In 1870 Father Mangan relin-
quished his charge of Mattoon,
severed his connection with the dio-
cese of Alton and was received into
the Chicago diocese where he died
full of honors, years and merit as
dean of Joliet, February 5, 1898.

The Joliet Daily News spoke of our
subject thus:

"There is probably no clergyman
in Joliet the news of whose demise
would cause more widespread sorrow
through the city and surrounding
country than Father Mangan. The
decade which he has spent as a priest
of St. Mary's parish has been the
brightest in the history of the Church
and the entire city has been benefitted
by his pure influence.

Intensely pivblic spirited, he took
the keenest interest in all matters of
importance to the community in
which he lived and his counsel has
been sought most eagerly on many
occasions. His kindness of heart and
his greatness of sympathy were pro-

verbial among those who knew him
and while no person was a more
thorough Catholic than he, he was
always willing to lend his assistance
to the work of Protestant or secular
organizations which he thought like-
ly to prove of benefit to the com-
munity. His payment of $50.00 for a
street car ride between Joliet and
Lockport last summer when the ladies
were running the cars for the benefit
of the Silver Cross Hospital, was a
good example of his feeling toward
agencies for good, whether or not
they were conducted by the Church
of which he was an honored light.
Numbers of similar instances of his
kindly feeling could be related. He
had the warmest affection of his
parishioners and the hearty esteem
of all with whom he came in contact.
His sermons were full of the most
inspiring advice and exhortations] and
he was one of the finest pulpit orators
who has ever been heard in Joliet.
Although he was a magnificent
preacher it was as a pastor that he did
the greatest good. His kindly advice
and wise counsel have aided many of
his parishioners in times of difficulty
and trial and to no priest more than
to him does the term "Father" seem
more appropriate.

"Thomas Francis Mangan was a
native of County Clare, Ireland, and
came to America when 18 years of
age. He received his education at
Ottawa, Canada, and at once began
studying for the priesthood. He was
ordained in St. Louis in 1858, and has
been continually a Catholic pastor
since that time. Among the cities in
which he held charges were Jersey-
ville, Alton, Jacksonville, Mattoon,
Macomb and Freeport, and in 1897
came to Joliet from the last named
place. Shortly after his arrival here
he was made a dean and has been
honored in other ways by the officials
of his Church." R. I. P.

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It was a crisp and sunny fall day,
that 25th day of September, 1901
when the bells of St. Mary's Church
of Illiopolis, mournfully tolled the
sad and distressing news that Rev.
Charles Manuel, the all-beloved pas-
tor of the parish, had answered the
last summons. It is not easy to ex-

press the heart-pain felt by the peo-
ple of the parish and the clergy of
the diocese when it became known
that this great good man had been
called by death and passed from this
world. We all who heard of this sad
tolling either by wire or mail felt a
keen personal loss by his passing.
And yet death came to him as a bless-
ing. Many long months Father
Manuel had suffered excruciating
pain and intense suffering, occa-
sioned by an abcess on the lungs.
Medical treatment had been sought
in vain, repeated operations proverl
fruitless, institutional care in the
Sisters' hospital at Colorado Springs
availed but little, on the contrary
the ailment became aggravated and
attained such acute stage that the
precious life of our subject soon be-
came a forfeited one. With almost
super-human strength and courage he
bore this terrible infliction heroically

resignedly to God's holy will for
weeks and months, never complaining
never murmuring against the designs
of divine Providence. Father Manuel
as a true priest of God looked upon
his suffering as upon a purifying and
chastening process preparatory to his
entering into glory. And when the
end approached he was ready to re-
spond with Samuel in the temple:
"Ecce adsum Domine," "Lord here I
am," Peacefully he sank into the last
long slumber from which he was to
awaken on the shores of eternity.
Strengthened for the final journey by
the Sacraments of Holy Church, sur-
rounded in his last moments by a
prayerful community of good Sisters
and the hospital chaplain, Rev. Aug.
Happe, he expired at Colorado
Springs on above mentioned date.

The emaciated and shrunken body
was shipped back to Illiopolis for
burial. There it was placed before
the altar where so often the dead
priest had raised hands ana heart to
Almighty God in holy prayer and
pious supplication for his parishion-
ers and himself. He was placed on
the bier that his loved ones might
cast a last glance upon those well-
known and benevolent features which
alas! were now distorted and dis-
figured by death. Those sacred walls
which erstwhile rang with solemn
chant and inspiring music now re-
echoed the sorrowful strains of tlie
"Dies Irae" and the wail of the "De

The life of Father Manuel was con-
sumed in the exercise of his holy
ministry. Nothing was nearer and
dearer to his heart than his St. Mary's
parish of Illiopolis, together with its
two affiliated parishes of Niantic and
Buffalo. For N the welfare of these he
lived, and we may add for them he
died, for he fell a victim of his assid-
uous labors which his position en-

His spotless priestly life was unto
all a shining pattern and bright ex-
ample. Whenever a pastoral visit or
a sick call ushered him into the homes

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of his parishioners, Father Manuel
would invariably before leave-taking
kneel down with his people in short
prayer and impart them his priestly
blessing. His familiar and customary
good-bye to a friend would be couch-
ed in the additional expression "God
bless you," which had become so well
known that one of his personal
friends in a jocular vein dubbed him
"the father God bless you," undc r
which epithet he is at times alluded
to this very day yet. Of his parish-
ioners he was want to call them usual-
ly by their given names which was so
expressive of that bond of familiarity
and intimacy as existed between pas-
tor and flock, father and children.
For the needy and destitute he always
had an open hand and a warm sym-
pathetic heart. At all hours of day or
night he was ready to respond to any
call, be it of sickness or distress.

There is no one of 'us who does not
recognize the great task set before
us in meeting our responsibilities for
the religious life of our people.
Parishes must be organized, churches
and schools are to be built, orphans
and wayward ones to be looked after.
Father Manuel in all instances rose
to the occasion. The beautiful Gothic
church of Illiopolis, built in 1895-96,
over which the genial Father J. C.
Daw presides at present, whose
pointed spire with golden cross over-
looks many miles of Sangamon's fer-
tile fields and happy rural homes is
among many other notable achieve-
ments an eloquent testimonial of his
burning zeal for the honor and glory
of the Eucharistic God, it will con-
tinue to enshrine his memory in the
hearts of all who had the good fort-
une to know him and will carry his
name to future generations as that of

a mighty figure in the history of the
Alton diocese. The good Franciscan
Sisters of the St. John's Hospital of
Springfield will never forget him,
they will forever recall his many
blessed deeds of kindness and charity
he so generously lavished upon them.
During all the years of his pastoral
activity at Illiopolis Father Manuel,
regular as a clock would once a week
on a specified day enter the Commun-
ity Confessional and there sit for
many weary hours hearing confes-
sions. It was done with a readiness
and cheerfulness that demanded hom-
age and grateful recognition.

His was a loveable character, up-
right and sincere, always serene and
joviable. To know him was to love
him. God's holy angel, so we trust
and hope, has recorded Father Man-
uel's name and accumulated merits
upon the pages of the Book of Life,

The autumn leaves commenced to sear

And flowers drooped their head

It seemed as though they mourned too,

That Father Manuel was dead.

The bell tolled forth at early morn

His span of life was run

But with a martyr's spirit he said:

"Oh Lord, Thy will be done I"

Rev. Charles Manuel died at Colo-
rado Springs, Sept. 25, 1901. He was
born at Etteln, in the Diocese of
Paderborn, Germany, where his father
held the position of Burgomaster, on
May 25th, 1853, studied classics at
Paderborn, philosophy in the Ameri-
can Colleges at Louvain, Belgium,
and Theology in the Grand Seminary
at Montreal, under the Sulpician
Fathers. On December 23d, 1877,
Father Manuel was raised to the
priesthood at Alton by the late
Bishop P. J. Baltes, D. D., who as-
signed the neopresbyter at once as
pastor to the St. Mary's church, Illi-
opolis, 111. R. I. P.

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"My heart is no longer restless".

This priest hailed from Wuerzburg
in Bavaria, where he was born April
3, 1827, was ordained there August
6, 1859, and came to this country the
following year. He acted in our dio-
cese at Brussels, in Calhoun county,
from 1865-'67, at Marshall from April,
1867-Oct. 72, at Beardstown from
1875-76, and then a short while at
Edwardsville, succeeding Father Rus-
tige, first at St. Mary's then at St.
Boniface, where he was succeeded by

Father Chas. Kuhlmann. After his
removal from St. Boniface it seems
that Father Mark joined the Fort
Wayne diocese, where he was ap-
pointed to the parish of Hammond,
Ind. Here he built a frame church in
spite of the advise of wiser men, on
a lot undermined by a coal mine. The
ground settled, the church was
wrecked the debts remained. He
then was removed to Hessen Cassel,
near Fort Wayne, where he died in
1897. R. I. P.


"Pause where the Pilgrim's day is done
Where scrip and staff aside are laid".

Charles Joseph Marogna, a scion of
an old illustrious Catholic family, was

born September 17, 1802 in the an-
cestral castle of Villa Lagrima, near
Trent in the Tyrol. While yet very
young he was ordered to repair to the
Court of Florence to act as page, and
there had an opportunity of seeing
Pope Pius VII on his way to Pisa.
After completing his classical course

he was sent to Mayence, where he
studied Theology under the famous
Liebermann. Raised to the priest-
hood March 30, 1824, he worked first
as an assistant and then as parish
priest at Algaeu, diocese of Augsburg,
till 1846, at which time he had deter-
mined to devote the remainder of his
lift to the promotion of the material
and spiritual welfare of the immigrants
in America. In due time he reached
Chicago where for two years he faith-
fully worked in St. Joseph's parish.
Thence he was sent to Germantown
and Highland in 1840. The Father
seems to have spent much of his time
at Highland in the early part of 1840,
after which he left for Germany,
whither he repaired in quest of alms
for his poor congregation and where
he spent six months. On his return
he supplied his church with plate and
vestments thus obtained, spending the
cash in improving the church and se-
curing forty acres of land for burial

At that time the political convul-
sions of Europe brought an increased
number of immigrants, Highland re-
ceiving its share of them. Father
Marogna persuaded Bishop Van de
Velde to send to Highland a perma-
nent pastor. In consequence Father
Paul Limacher was appointed pastor
whilst Father Marogna went to St.
Vincent's Pa., there to enter the
Benedictine Order. In 1852 he was
admitted into the Order and on

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August 21, 1853, he made the pro-
fession of solemn vows, receiving the
name of Demetrius. For awhile he
was employed as professor and prior.
Later on, at the request of the Bishop
of St. Paul, Minn., he was sent to the
Northwest to start an institution of

the Benedictine Order which after-
wards became St. John's Abbey.
Father Marogna died March 27, 1860,
at St. Paul, Minn., and was buried in
the cemetery belonging to the Abbey.
R. I. P.


"Toward the West I turn my weary spirit".

The parishes of Shipman, Neoga,
Arcola, Shelbyville and Bethany, will
for many years to come, remember
the ministrations of Father J. V. Mar-
tin. He served them in succession
from the time of ordination until
called by his heavenly Master. With
earnest endeavor he tried to shepherd
them into the ways of godliness him-
self setting a bright example.

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