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sor's chair in various seats of learning.
He who for years had associated with
men of great worth and prominence
had come to seek the quiet and repose-
ful environments of St. Isidore's
there to spend the declining years of
his priestly life preparatory to the
last summons. Physical infirmaries to-
gether with old age demanded an ab-

solute relinquishment of any further
strenuous efforts or new undertak-

His was a golden heart, at all times
kind, gentle and courteous. Serene
and happy amid rural surroundings
highly esteemed by his confreres and
possessing the unqualified love and
veneration of this sturdy community,
the aged rector appeared to be the
personification of contentment. Such
at least was the impression the dear
old man made upon me when an oc-
casional visit led me to his secluded

Sincerely mourned by all, Father
Hoyne peacefully passed away on
February 20, 1898, at St. Isidore's rec-

The funeral took place from St.
Agnes Church, Springfield, (Rev. J. J.

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Howard, D. D. pastor) from which he
wished to be buried. Bishop Ryan
pontificated at the solemn obsequies
and Rev. Ferdinand Stick, then pastor
of Morrisonville, pronounced the fun-
eral oration. His body rests in the
Springfield Catholic cemetery.

Father Hoyne was a native of the
Emerald Isle, coming to this country
when quite young. In the Eastern
states where he frequented the schools
he received a thorough literary and
scientific education. He was on inti-
mate terms with Archbishop Hughes
and came West with Bishop Quarter,
of Chicago.

In 1847 we find him a sub-deacon
studying Theology at the Chicago
Catholic University, where two years
later he occupied the chair of Philos-
ophy, Mathematics and French whilst
Mr. J. P. Baltes, the future Bishop of
Alton, taught German Literature. In
1851 Father Hoye was prefect of the

Afterwards we find him associated
with the late Bishop McFaul of

Rochester, in Seaton Hall College and
Seminary. One of his scholars who
subsequently rose to national fame,
was John Gilmary Shea, the eminent
historian, whose graduating diploma
he signed. Though a scholar of the
first water. Father Hoye was as shy
and modest as he was learned. He
showed the earnestness of his zeal by
attending the cholera patients in
Chicago in 1849.

When Bishop Baltes was appointed
to the See of Alton, his old friend
returned West to share his labors. He
was appointed to St. Patrick's church,
Ruma, Randolph county, at the same
time teaching in the Diocesan Semin-
ary located there. From 1874-78 he
acted as pastor of Pittsfield, moving
thence to Carlinville, where he built
the St. Mary's parochial residence. In
view of granting the now aged man
in a quiet country place the much
needed rest, Bishop Ryan sent him
to Brown's Settlement. In March,
1889, as above stated, this saintly little
man died. R. I. P.


Bishop-elect of Peoria, 1875.

' 'The fret, and the strife and the burden
Will be softened and laid away".

A quondam pastor of the Church of

the Immaculate Conception of Spring-
field, was Rev. M. Hurley, having
been appointed to the position in
1854. He succeeded Rev. Michael
Prendergast. Owing to the briefness
of his stay of but a few months,
which were rather void of any nota-
ble achievements, we would be temp-
ted to be satisfied with the mere men-
tion of this short incumbency were it
not for the important fact that the
erstwhile Springfield pastor had been
chosen by the Holy See to become
first Bishop of Peoria. This new dio-
cese was created in 1875, by a sub-
division of the Chicago diocese.
Father Hurley was at the time pastor
of St. Patrick's church of Peoria. He
had been pastor of all the English
speaking Catholics of the city, St.
Mary's since 1864, and when the
parish was divided in 1868 had chosen
the new St. Patrick's parish in which
to continue his labors. While he was

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by virtue of location and his know-
ledge of the new diocese, the most
available candidate for the position,
he modestly and humbly signified his
wishes to the Holy See, at the same
time returning the bulls of appoint-
ment. Singularly his declination and
the bulls never reached Rome, but
went down off, the coast of France in
a vessel lost at sea. Pope Pius IX
and the Prepaganda were advised
from other sources of the state of
affairs and on November 28, 1876,
Rev. John Lancaster Spalding was
appointed Bishop of the new See.

Father Michael Hurley built the
present St. Patrick's church of Peoria
in 1878, and erected a commodious
brick school house in 1888.

He was born in Tipperary, Ireland,
in the year 1826. His education was
completed at Dublin, where he was
raised to the priesthood. Coming
to this country he labored as priest
in Lockport, Bloomington and Spring-
field before coming to Peoria as pastor
of St. Patrick's church in 1864. His
death occured at Peoria on December
11, 1892. R. I. P.


"Let us revere the power of the Unseen
And know a world of mystery is near".

On November 18, 1914, a young dio-
cesan priest breathed his last in
Providence, R. I. It was Father
Francis H. Hussey. After his ordina-
tion in Buffalo, February 29, 1896, he
acted as assistant at St. Peter's church
of Quincy, after which he was made
pastor of the parish of Bloomfield in
1898, to be transferred the next year,
in 1899, to Virden. The latter place
he relinquished after a few years in-
cumbency for that of New Douglas.
Failing in health Father Hussey went

to Beresford, South Dakota. In Au-
gust, 1914, he returned to his former
home in Central Falls. R. I., in hopes
that a rest would enable him to regain
his lost health. He died from cerebral
hemorrhage at his sister's house in
Providence on above mentioned date.
His funeral took place from Holy
Trinity Church of Central Falls, R. I.,
Nov. 21, 1914.

Father F. H. Hussey was the son of
John and Catherine (McDermott)
Hussey, and was born in Albion, R.
I., October 2, 1869. R. I. P.


"Then strange words upon the silence broke,
And I listened as the Angels spoke".

Among the brave band of early
missionaries whose coming hither was
more or less contemporaneous with
the advent of the First Bishop of
Alton, Rt. Rev. Damian Junker, D.
D., were a number of zealous apos-
tolic men from France. Here as
everywhere else they performed yeo-
man work, they were truly pathfinders
and trail-blazers who left in their wake
many a grateful heart to bless their

In looking over the accounts of the
pioneer work accomplished by these
heroic men we encounter such names
as Gonant, Dubois, Bedard, Laurent,
Recouvreur, Zabel, Jacques and others
equally distinguished. With a single

exception, these men have all passed
away from the scenes of their ex-
ploits, all have received from the
Master of the great vine yard in which
indefatigably they toiled and moiled
through so many years from early
till late merited compensation.

From the above mentioned list we
single out one whose tragic ending
elicited at the time universal sympa-
thy and sorrow, namely, Rev. Father
A. Jacques. In detailing his life and
activity in the Alton diocese, we turn
for information to the columns of the
"New World," where the following
narrative is thus related. It reads:

Rev. John Adolphus Jacques was
born in 1836 at Buriville, diocese of
Nancy, France. He made his classical

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course at the Seminary of Pona-
Mousson and his philosophical and
theological studies at the Great Sem-
inary of Nancy, leading his class in
both establishments. After spending
a few months at All Hallows' College
in Ireland he came over to America
with Bishop Junker and was ordained
by him on the 3rd of May, 1859.

After assisting for awhile at St.
Mary's, Springfield, he was sent suc-
cessively to Shawneetown, Kaskas-
kia, Paris, Virginia, Beardstown 1867-
68 and then to Assumption where he
did very good work. Two years be-
fore his coming thither a general sub-
scription had been taken up for the
building of a new church, but nothing
was accomplished until he came. In
the fall of 1869 the corner-stone of
the new building was laid by Ad-
ministrator P. J. Baltes; Rev. D. S.
Phelan, the late well known editor of
the Western Watchman, of St. Louis,
preaching the English and Rev. F. H.
Zabel, D. D., the French sermon.
Fairs and subscriptions supplied the
means. It took until the year 1872
to have the building under roof.

In 1874, Father Jacques finding the

congregation unwilling to supply him
with a becoming residence, left and
went to Shelbyville, though still at-
tending Assumption. This move
stirred up the people who at once
built a house.

When Father Jacques left Shelby-
ville he was sent to Cahokia, at the
same time attending Centerville Sta-
tion. In the heated term of July,
1878, he was compelled to travel from
Centerville to Cahokia in an open
wagon under the mid-day broiling
sun to attend the funeral of a child.
As he reached home, he felt prostra-
ted, had no one to help him in his
sad condition, and expired unattended,
being found two days afterwards, July
17, dead, a martyr to priestly duty.
His body, swollen beyond measure,
was buried in the village graveyard
by Rev. P. J. O'Halloran and Rev.
Chris Koenig, both of East St. Louis.

Father Jacques was a refined
scholar, a writer of uncommon merit,
as honorable as he was eccentric. His
delight was to impart religious in-
struction to the rising-generation,
thus planting the seeds for future
harvest. R. I. P.


"What words can speak the joy

For thee in store ?
What smiles of earth can tell

Of peace like thine?
Silence and tears are best

For things divine".

'Very Rev. John Janssen, V. G.
(late Bishop of Belleville), was born
March 3, 1835, at Keppeln, Rhine-
land. He received his early educa-
tion in the parochial schools of his
native town and pursued the higher
studies, classics and theology, partly
at Gaesdonck, partly at Muenster.
When he had almost finished the the-
ological course, the young ecclesiastic
decided to come to America. On
November 19, 1858, Bishop Juncker
conferred Holy Orders on him in the
Cathedral church of Alton. Our neo-
presbyter was assigned to old St.
John's church of Springfield. (This
has since ceased to exist and in its
place the present St. Peter and Paul's
church and parish were built.) Besides

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being pastor of the Springfield congre-
gation he likewise extended his pas-
toral care over the parish of New
Berlin. Next we find him in the chan-
cellor's office and a few years later
he is made Vicar General of the dio-
cese, which position he retained till
elevated to the episcopacy. On Sep-
tember 1st, 1877-December 31st, 1879,
Father Janssen acted as pastor of St.
Boniface parish of Q u i n c y, after
which he was appointed rector of the
Cathedral parish of Alton. At the
death of Bishop Baltes, which oc-
cured February 18, 1886, Archbishop
Feehan of Chicago made him an ad-
ministrator of the diocese (sede va-
cante,) and after its division on Janu-
ary 7, 1887, also administrator of the
new See of Belleville. On the 28th
day of February he was chosen by
Rome to become the first Bishop of
the newly created southern diocese

and received the episcopal consecra-
tion at St. Peter's Cathedral of Belle-
ville on April 25, of the same year.

Father Janssen was a man of gentle
and amiable disposition. His priestly
career as pastor was rather unevent-
ful; as chancellor and Bishop's secre-

tary, he was known to be very prompt
and accurate; as Vicar General and
Administrator, wise and prudent.

He died July 2, 1913. His remains
were sepulchred in a vault beneath
the sanctuary in St. Peter's Cathedral
of Belleville. R. I. P.


"Gone to the beautiful city above
To rest in the bocom of infinite love".

From among the visions of the past
there arises before me in the con-
tours of imagined reality the great,
bulky figure of a generous and ten-
der-hearted man, one whose principal

fault, if such it may be called, was a
tendency of over-communicativeness;
it is Rev. Joseph Jele, simple, kind,
child-like man. Born in wonderful
Alpine Tyrol, September 4, 1850, he
joined in the early days of his young
manhood the Capuchin Friars, who
are particularly numerous in his
native land, and was ordained to the

priesthood during Eastertide, 1876.
As professed religious he was known
by the name of Father Angelus. O.
M. Cap. As such he taught for a
number of years at the St. Lawrence
Capuchin College, of Mt. Calvary,
Fond du Lac Co. Wisconsin, where
he enjoyed the universal esteem and
love of the college boys. When in
1884 he applied for permission to join
the secular clergy and having obtained
the permit from the Superior General
of the Capuchins at Rome, Bishop
Baltes assigned him assistant to
Father Meckel of St. Paul's church of
Highland, there to look after the in-
terests of the various out-missions
then connected with Highland, viz:
Pocahontas, St. Jacob, Troy and Black
Jack. He was of a rather impetuous
and impulsive zealousness in the per-
formance of his work.

In September, 1888, Father Jele was
transferred to Springfield, there to
assist Rev. A. J. Pennartz, in the work
at 'St. Peter and Paul's parish, where
he was likewise successfully active.
In less than two years, however, he
was stricken down with illness which
within a few days terminated fatally
for the then still young priest. April
26, 1890. His body was sepulchred on
Tuesday, April 29, followed to its
last resting place in the priest's lot
by many mourning parishioners and
a number of brother priests. R. I. P.

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"The time of toil is past, and night has


The last and saddest of the harvest eves.
Worn out with labor long and wearisome
Drooping and faint, the reapers hasten home
Each laden with his sheave".

When Rev. F. Metzger, the then
newly appointed pastor of St. An-
thony's parish of Effingham and dean
of that district had unexpectedly died

whilst visiting at his boyhood home in
Germany, Rev. H. Jungmann was
selected his successor to fill the vacan-
cy. At the time of this appointment
he was stationed in the Southern part
of the diocese, at Murphysboro, with
jurisdiction over the neighboring
towns. How judiciously the selection
of Father Jungmann to the vacant
post of Effingham was made, his
splendid administration of parish
affairs, both temporal and spiritual,
fully demonstrated. For eighteen
years St. Anthony's pastor served his
congregation most efficiently. It was
done in a quiet, unobstructive manner.
The secret of his success was his

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kindness, modesty and charity. Har-
mony and peace reigned within the
parish, hence great results were
scored. In this connection we quote
the following from the columns of the
Effingham Democrat of April 6. 1895:

"The members of St. Anthony's con-
gregation are sensible of the great
work done by Father Jungmann, their
priest and pastor, whose ministrations
towards his flock were ever full of
that fervor and zeal which character-
ized his life as a faithful and devoted
priest and which earned and main-
tained that love and respect of all in
the communities in which he labored.
Father Jungmann will be long re-
membered in Effingham. The mater-
ial monuments which speak of his 18
years of labor in this community may
crumble into dust but the influence of
his zealous, self-sacrificing work will
endure. Fearless in the pulpit, tire-
less in labor, he was the advisor,
teacher and model of his flock. When
he took charge of the Effingham con-
gregation he found an indebtedness of
$17,000 to meet. So well he managed
the finances that at his death there
would have been practically no debt
had not extensive improvements been
made in 1884 and 1885. During these
years several thousands of dollars
have been spent upon the church; and
the fine parochial school house and
residence have been built. Never in
the city has there been a more largely
attended funeral. Father Jungmann
had earned the love and respect of
all classes."

Father H. J. F. Jungmann was born
October 1, 1846, at Ochtrup in West-
phalia, of a pious family, which gave
to the church three priests, two of
whom distinguished themselves as
professors and authors, both gradu-
ates of the Roman College, one a
Jesuit, professor of sacred eloquence
at the Insbruck University, and the
other professor of Church History at
the Louvain University. After previous
studies made in Westphalia, Father
Jungmann repaired to the American

College of Louvain, where he studied
for the diocese of Alton. Ordained
to the priesthood December 23, 1871,
at Malines, he started for the future
field of his labors the following Sep-
tember. Wherever he was, he edified
all by his sincere piety and zeal, espe-

cially in the training of the young
the hope of the Church.

Good Father Jungmann was called
to his reward on April 6, 1895, and
slumbers in the shadow of the cross
in St. Anthony's cemetery of Effing-
ham. R. I. P.


"Here the scene ends! The shadows flee


And morning breaks in everlasting day!
O what a contrast! What ecstatic bliss
On passing thither from a world like this!"

In the list of our Cathedral rectors
we find the name of Rev. Manasses
Kane enumerated. He was called
thither from Macon, where he had re-
sided from 1874-75, and served in the
capacity of Cathedral pastor from
1875-76. At this time steps were con-
templated for the founding of a new
parish in Springfield. The Ursuline
Academy there had for years been in a
flourishing condition, the city had de-
veloped with strides and bounds in
that direction so that a "crying need"
was felt for a new parish. It was to
be St. Joseph's and Father Kane its
founder and first pastor. The good
man performed laudable work and put
up a fine church. During his pastor-
ate of St. Joseph's the energetic
priest looked likewise after the in-

terests of St. Mary's of Illiopolis,
where he enlarged the little frame
church by adding an addition to it so
as to accomodate the seventy-five
families forming the parish. Father
Kane remained at the head of St.
Joseph's of Springfield from its in-
ception in 1876 till his retirement in

Rev. Mannasses Kane was born in
Banagher Diocese of Derry, Ireland,
in January, 1836, and was raised to the
priesthood at Montreal, Dec. 17, 1870.
After relinquishing St. Joseph's.
Father Kane went West, subsequent-
ly became a Trappist and died in 1914
at Long Point near Montreal.

Before deceased took up studies for
the priesthood he had been a Brother
of the Holy Cross Community, a
teaching order connected with the
great educational institution of Notre
Dame, Ind. R. I. P.


"Where the golden evening light was burn-

All that is known of Father Kear-
ney is that from 1865-'66, he was pas-
tor of St. Mary's at Pittsfield, from

1866-'69 pastor at Winchester, and
from 1869-70 at Mt. Sterling. Whence
he came and whither he went is a
question that awaits solution.

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Among the church's priests who dis-
tinguished themselves by ever faith-
fully attending to their entrusted
stewardship, Rev. John Patrick Kerr,
for twenty-one years pastor of St.
Peter's parish of Quincy, occupies a
promin entplace. When death claimed
him, the members of St. Peter's con-

gregation sincerely mourned because
deprived of a loyal friend, safe guide
and exemplary shepherd, the com-
munity had lost a good and upright

On the morning after his demise, a
local paper had the following "In
Memoriam" penned by a brother

"When death invaded the St. Peter's
presbytery on last evening summon-
ing the pastor of his flock away from
the scene of his many year's ministra-
tions and activities, many a heart was
overpowered with sincerest, genuine
sadness at the mournful intelligence
for he whose demise was the cause
of so much regret was an exemplary
good man.

"Ever since his ordination to the
priesthood, Rev. Father J. P. Kerr

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has proven himself a faithful worker
in the cause of his Master, eschewing
notoriety and publicity but in a
quiet, unassuming way conscientious-
ly complying with his sacerdotal
pastoral duties. True to his calling
his every word and deed was calcu-
lated to stimulate the weak to action
and the strong to perseverance to
bless and to uplift. The duty of the
hour claimed and received all his at-
tention, he spent himself in earnest,
persevering labor in an humble,
modest and kindly way.

To his superiors in authority he
showed forever a loyal heart and
submissive will, to his clerical friends,
a companionable disposition.

"His late years have been years of
suffering patiently borne. The cross
was his solace, and no doubt he of-
fered his sufferings in unison with
those of his Master for whom he
spent the toilsome years of his minis-
try. And the evening found him still
working. He would work until the
lassitude of a fatal malady at last laid
him prostrate. His work was well
done, and the Master called him to
his reward. His day-star has risen to
set no more for him."

The following poem, a tribute to the
late Father Kerr, appeared in a local

Farewell, but not for aye, kind friend

Firm faith and hope once more

Shall reunite our friendship's bonds

More closely than before.

Where suns of glory never set,

Where souls of mortals never fret,

On that bright shore

For evermore.

Firm faith and hope thy heart upheld

When life waned on thy sight,

Amid the tumult of the sea

They steered thy barque aright,

And led thee to the roadsted mild

Where thou wert welcomed as tfod's child

To heaven's shore

For evermore I

Rev. John P. Kerr was born De-
cember 29, 1843, in Enniskillen, Ire-
land. At the age of 24 he came to
America and was raised to the priest-
hood March 19, 1875, by the Rt. Rev.
P. J. Baltes, second Bishop of Alton.
Among the various parishes which
he successively presided over were
Bloomfield, in Adams county, Brown s
Settlement, in Montgomery county,
Carlinville, and finally St. Peter's in
Quincy, to which latter position he

was appointed upon the death of his
predecessor Rev P. McGirr in 1893.
On the death of Rev. Michael Weis
which occured November 9, 1909,
Father Kerr succeeded him as Dean
of the Quincy Deanery. For many
years he had been in poor, feeble
health; various trips to Ireland, his

native country, and to sunny Florida
for the sake of recuperation, were in
vain. A complication of diseases de-
veloped which hastened his death on
March 2, 1914. Among other legacies
and charitable bequests the thought-
ful man willed the sum of $10,000 to
St. Peter's parish. R. I. P.


"The flash that struck thy tree
No more to shelter thee .

Coming to this country and dio-
cese in 1881 from Germany, Rev.
Anton Kersting was ordered to assist
the pastor of St. Paul's church of
Highland. Possessed of fervor and
enthusiasm for his holy calling, our
young assistant priest gathered before
long a nucleus of a promising future
congregation at Troy. Divine service
was temporarily held in a small rented
hall until 1883, when a modest little
frame church took its place. In
Black Jack, another mission connected
with Highland at the time the young
priest succeeded in putting up a neat
brick church. His continuance in
Highland, however, was soon to ter-
minate. Father Kersting asked for
and was given an indefinite leave of
absence. He repaired to his native
country from whence he failed to
return. His death there was chroni-
cled in recent years. R. I. P.


"Fast and deep the river floweth,
Floweth to the West".

This aged, venerable priest claimed

Saargemuend, in Lorraine his birth-
place. There he was born May 17,

1822. Having duly prepared himself
for his lofty vocation in the schools
and Seminary of Metz, he received
Holy Orders June 6, 1846 and arrived
in the States September 20, 1853. Pre-
vious to his departure from his native
land the young priest had been sta-
tioned as teacher in various colleges.
He was appointed April 4, 1867, to the
parish of Carrollton. He found a

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