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they did in the name of law. They used the bells for their own purposes. Some
were scattered over Europe. Others were sent to be cast over again. To-day,
however, they were trying to restore, trying to repair what they have undone ; but
which they could never do. They who would banish churches, convents, monas-
teries, etc., would if they could btoish xelioion, banish God himself But the


Church of God to-day is stronger, is greater, and is rising in beauty. We build
churches not for man merely or for meeting houses, but we build them for God.
Thus, what was a hut yesterday, is to-day a church, and to-morrow will be a

Men there are who would be astonished to hear this; who would be astounded,
even, that we build churches, hospitals, convents, and ask how we can do this.
And we say that it is the christian faith within us, which is the secret of our power,
by which we have done these works, and mean to continue. We are told to
beware; that the government may even confiscate these, as was done 300 years ago.
But little know these men that we are the American people, and that it is only a
few prejudiced bigots who preach such insignificant impudence. Well, then, we
have built the cathedral, and into its towers will go the bells, and when over the
city, in the stillness of night or of evening, their sweet music is pealing; or in the
morning the Angelus rings out; or at noon, these bells tell Catholics it is time to
think of Christ, of virtue, and with bowed heads lift aloft their thoughts to the
Creator, oh, it would be a sacred tribute to the Bishop now departed, and who lies
in yonder sanctuary, on the return of the anniversary of his death, to then join
your voices to the voices of the bells. These bells, indeed, would help to remind
man of his duty, and make this city a christian city.

Praise ye the Lord in all His works. Praise Him in all things beautiful. Praise
Him ye mountains and valleys. Praise Him ye works of man. To the end of time,
Avhile this cathedral shall last, let these bells give praise to the Lord, for to the
Lord belongs honor and praise.


At the conclusion of the sermon. Bishop Ryan, aided by the officiating Bishops
and clergy, proceeded to bless the water with which the bells were to be baptized.
Then, accompanied by Bishop Farrell, of Hamilton, Ont., and Bishop McQuade, of
Rochester, he left the sanctuary, and washing three or four of the smaller bells,
inside and out, the work was taken up by the priests. The ceremony of anointing
with holy oil was ne.xt in order, the three Bishops named joining in the service.
While the holy oil was being applied, incense was allowed to burn beneath each
bell ; and during the entire ceremony the Psalms of David were sung by the choir.
The sponsors or their representatives were present; and wo should have stated
before, that a card appended to a number of the bolls gave the names of the sjjon-
sors to each respectively. The ceremony was entirely in Latin, but the significance
of each outward feature of the ceremony has been so far explained by Bishop
McQuade as to relieve us from the duty of referring to them specifically. The cer-
emonies were concluded with the Gospel proscribed by the Roman Pontifical, which
was rendered by the choir. From the beginning of the High Mass to tho close of
the consecration, the warmest interest was manifested by all present.

Archbishop Lynch, of Toronto, was in attendance during the earlier exercises,
but was called away by a pressing engagement in Canail;i. and did not participate
in the ceremony of consecration. Among the clerical gentlemen who assisted, we


may mention Rev. J. Early, Vicar General of Rochester, and Revs. Hughes, Stew-
art, English, Gregg and De Pegge, of the same place; the Very Rev. Laurent,
Superior of St. Michael's .College, Toronto; then there were in attendance nearly
all the clergy of the diocese, many of whose names will appear as sponsors to the


In giving the names of the sponsors, we mention the bells in the order of their
size, beginning with the largest, albeit it is possible, in view of the difficulty of pro-
curing the names, that in two or three instances, among the smaller bells, we have
chaaged sponsors. This, however, is immaterial, and the following is the list:

First Bell — Cathedral Parish: Sponsors — Messrs. Falvey, Devlin, Macnamara,
Chas. Darcy, Sheehan, Flanigan, Crowley, Jas. Mooney, Cronyn, M. D., Owen
Smith, Ashton, Nellany, Edward Byrne, Chas. Muldoon.

Second Bell — St. Joseph's Cathedral: Sponsors — Messrs McCoole, T. Doyle,
Dennis Egaa, John A. Walsh, Jas. Dolan, Mackay. M. D., Chace, M. D., E. H.
Hickey, Ryan, Justice of the Peace, John Powers, Lovett, Edward Powers.

Third Bell — St. Louis church, Buffalo: Sponsors — Rev. Joseph Sorg, pastor;
Michael Lettau, Mrs. Ann M. Born, Jacob Davis, Anthony Diebold, Gerhardt Lang,
John Ordner, Miss Magdalen Ordner, Nicholas Ottenot, Peter Rosar, Arnold Wepp-
ner, Jacob Weppner, Anthony Werle, Peter Wax, Jacob Barthel, John Zoll, Nich-
olas Heary, Nicholas Loesch, Martin Fisher, Michael Lang, John Welter, Louis
Jacobs, Martin Ehresmann, Edward Jehle.

Fourth — St. Bridget's church: Sponsor — Reverend Father O'Connor.

Fifth— Cathedral : Messrs. Jeremiah Kavanagh, J. Kelly, N. Baker, T. Durkin.

Sixth — Cathedral: Mrs. A. McDongal, Mrs. Captain Robinson, Mrs. J. Devlin,
Miss Jennie Holland, Miss Healy, Miss Anne Cumming.

Seventh— Hornellsville: Rev. M. Creedon.

Eighth — Elmira: Revs. Bede and Hopkins.

Ninth — Batavia: Rev. T. Cunningham.

Tenth — St. Michael's church: The Jesuit Fathers and Mr. Haeffner.

Eleventh — E and K, two priests.

Twelfth — St. Mary's church: Rev. Hesperlein, rector, and members of societies
attached to the church.

Thirteenth — LeRoy: Rev. D. Moore.

FouRTEENTH-^Corning: Rev. P. Colgan.

Fifteenth — Java: Rev. Jos. V. Donoghue.

Sixteenth — Church of the Holy Angels: John McManus and Mr. Dolan.

Seventeenth — Lancaster: Rev. F. N. Sestor.

Eighteenth — Seminary of Our Lady of Angels: Rev. Mr. Flynn.

Nineteenth — Suspension Bridge: Rev. J. V. Brennan.

Twentieth — Owego: Rev. F. Clark.

Twenty-First — Addition: Rev. P. Bradley.

Twenty-Second — Gardenville: Rev. C. Wagner.

Twenty-Third — EUicottville: Rev. J. Rogers.

Twenty-Fourth — Albion: Rev. J. Castaldi.


TwEXTT-FiFTH — Watkins: Rev. J. McManus.

TwEXTT-SiXTH — Bath: Rev. M. Darcy.

Twenty-Seventh — China: Rev. J. Fitzpatrick.

Twenty-Eighth — St. Francis Xavier church, Black Rock: Rev. H. Feldman.

Twenty-Ninth — St. John Baptist's church, Lockport: Rev. Hiram McCoUum.

Thirtieth — St. Paul's church, Lockport: Rev. J. O'Mara.

Thirty-First — St. John Baptist's church. Black Rock: Rev. P. Mazuret.

Thirty-Second — Portage: Rev. F. Cook.

Thirty-Third — Salamanca: Rev. C. D. McMuUen.

Thirty-Foueth — Medina: Rev. M. McDowell.

Thirty-Fifth — Tonawanda: Rev. L, Vanderpoel.

Thirty-Sixth — Belmont: Rev. J. H. Leddy.

Thirty-Seventh — Newfane: Rev. M. O'Dwyer.

Thirty-Eighth — Greenwood: Rev. J. J. Bloomer.

Thirty-Ninth — Collins: Rev. Chas. Wensierski.

Fortieth — Transit: Rev. H. Boehman.

Forty-First — Niagara Falls : Rev. P. Cannon.

Forty-Second — Names of sponsors missing.

Forty-Third — Children's Bell — Sponsors — Katy Shields, Lizzie Broezel, Rebec-
ca Lynch, Kate Grady, David Hanley, Robert Sheehan, John Sullivan, Michael


As we have already stated, there are forty- three bells in the chime. The com-
pass of the Carillon is four octaves, semi-tones running from the second octave up
to the bass but not through the bass ; or to speak technically, the bass octave is dia-
tonic and the others referred to, chromatic. The quality of tone, so far as it could
be tested yesterday, proved to be all that could be desired. Four of the bells will
Bwing in the tower and all will be arranged so as to be played through a key board.
The largest bell weighs over 4,000 lbs., and the smallest in the neighborhood of 25
lbs., and each bell bears the imprint of the founder, as follows:

''BoUee, Pere and Fils, Foundorours Accordeurs. Au Mans, (Sarthe.)
, Construction de Grands Carillons."

The bells are splendid castings and the ornamentation is singularly chaste and
delicate. Flowers, leaves, chembs, Christ heads, saints and other designs, are
artistically brought out; while the Latin inscriptions on thirty-five have considera-
ble prominence.

Beginning with the first or largest bell the inscriptions are as follows, and we
leave our readers to decipher them at their leisure :

1. "Deo Uni et Trino Laus et Gloria Sempiterna."

2. "Laudate Dominum Omnes Gentes."

3. "Gloria in Excelsis."

4. "Maria Purissima Sine Labe Concepta Ora Pro Nobis."

5. "Sta. Maria Ave Maria Dominus Tecum."

6. "Maria Immaculata Nunc et Hora Mortis, Maria Sanctissima Ora Pro Nobis."


7. "Joseph Protector, Ste. Joseph, Esto Semper Propitius Nobis, Benefactori-

busque Nobis."

8. "Joseph S. V. M. In Morte Nostra Joseph, Sponse Maria Ora Pro Nobis."

9. "Stus. Joannes Timon Ep. Buflf. Pax, Requies Aeterna Benefactoribus. "

10. "Stus. Michael, Agminaque Angelorum Futura Damina Pellite."

11. "Stus. Gabriel Ut Hoste Antiques Pellat Angelus Forlis Veniat Gabriel."

12. "Stus. Raphael Adsite e Coelo Raphael Ut Omnes Sanet Aegrotos."

13. "Stus. Patritius Sempiternas Ste. Patrii Landes Sono."

14. "S. S. Angeli Custodes Custodes Hominum Psallimus Angelos."

15. ''Stus. Joannes Ad Amorem Divinum Plebem Voco.' '

16. "Stus. Petrus Laudo Deum Verum."

17. "Stus. Paulus Dissipo Ventos."

18. "Stus. Vincentius A Paulo Festa Decoro."

19. "Stus. Phillippus Neri Sabbata Pango."

20. "Stus. Bonifacius Excito Lentos."

21. "Nicolaus Defunctos Ploro."

22. "Stus. Rochus Pestem Fugo."

23. "Sta. Elizabetha Fulgura Frango In Nomine Domini."

24. "Stus. Joannes Baptista Funera Plango, Sed Spero, Semperoque Sperabo."

25. "Sta. Teresia Mortuos Deplore, Et Pro Eis Ore."

26. "Sta. Celia Staeque Omnes Laudate Deum In Hymnis Et Organis."

27. "Sta. Rosa Simana Sal. Fac Due Rempublican Et Benedic Populo Ino la


28. "Omnes Sancti Clamant Sancti Gaudemus Gaudentibus."

29. "Stus. Franciscus Ass. Plorant Sancti Dolemus Dolentibus."

30. "Sta. Familia In Terra Pax Hominibus."

31. "Angeli Omnes Hue Gustos Igitur Pervigil Adrola."

32. "Stus. Pernardus Congrego Clerum."

33. "Ernest Bollee Ad Buffalo Me Misit."

34. "Stus. Franciscus Sal Paco Cruentos."

35. "Stus. Ellas Pax Vobis."


Now that the reader has fully digested these inscriptions, he will be ready to
learn that this superb chime of bells, which cost about $25,000, will be placed in
the tower as soon as possible, and their first melodies will ring out on the air some
time in August. Mr. Louis Lemeunier, from Bollee' s Foundry, who operated the
bells for the benefit of the Great Exposition, is in the city, and will superintend
their mounting.

We might indulge in an extended commentary on this superb acquisition, if time
and space permitted it, but we defer remark till another time, contenting ourselves
for the present with congratulating the St. Joseph's Cathedral parish over their
enrichment and the people of the city generally over theirs, for like the rain and
the sunshine, the music of these bells will gladden or make sad all alike. We
repeat, we have now one of the largest chimes of bells in the world, and this is


something to be proud of truly! That the parish will want some aid towards the
liquidation of the debt incurred by the purchase, is evident from some remarks
made by Bishop Ryan yesterday, at the conclusion of High Mass; and we hope that
when an appeal is made the response will be generous.

We shall probably have more to say of the bells anon ; meanwhile we hope they
will do something toward responding to the prayer of Tennyson, and

" Ring out false pride in place and blood,

The civic slander and the spite ;

Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love-of good ;
Ring out old shapes of foul disease,

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;

Ring out the thousand wars of old.
Ring in the thousand years of peace."

— Buffalo Courier.


Conference hy Rt. Rev. John Timon, at Convent of Mercy, Buffalo, N. Y. Feast
of St. Mary Magdalene, July 22, 1859.

Multiplied duties and incessant occupations have, for a long time, deprived me
of the pleasure of given you an instruction. Indeed, I have been laboring almost
without intermission; it was only about one o'clock this morning that I reached
home. Many, very many conversions, more perhaps, than I ever witnessed before
on like occasions, have taken place, and it seems as if God had prepared unusual
graces for his people. All we want are more good priests, and good religious, to
carry on the great work of salvation ; money is but a trifle in so holy an undertak-
ing; it will come when God pleases, plenty of it, but holiness of life is the great
thing. Although I have been unable to see you, my very dear Sisters, I have been
thinking about you, and have arranged for your spiritual retreat, which will com-
mence on Sunday evening. A Redemptorist Father, of this city, will conduct it;
he will be here about half-past eight each morning, and at four each evening, and
will, I trust, enable you to make good meditations.

Now my dearly loved Sisters, give to God whatever remains of your lives. It
cannot be much for any of us. for me it must be very short, and for some of you it
may be no longer. Offer your holy Communions on Sunday to obtain the grace to
make this retreat well, that the ensuing time, like the past, may find you spreading
the good odor of Jesus Christ, laboring for the salvation of souls purchased with
the blood of God, drawing by that sweet fragrance many stray sheep to the fold,
announcing the glad tidings of salvation to all with whom you come in contact.

On this day, as you are aware, we celebrate the touching and beautiful festival
of St. Mary Magdalene. O how I love to think of that holy penitent 1 The great,
rich, noble lady is not a.shamed to lay aside her ornaments and cast herself at the
feet of Jesus Christ. "When wounded with love, nothing can stop her. She tram-
ples under foot human pride and human respect ; she turns to the service of love


what had been before employed in the service of the devil, and casting herself a^
the feet of her Lord, washes them with her tears and wipes them with her hair. 1
myself have visited Marseilles, and learned the traditions respecting this holy peni-
tent. I have inspected the cells occupied by her sainted brother Lazarus,, first
Bishop of that see, and the grotto in which the Magdalene lived her austere life of
penance, on bread and water, or worse fare, making loving reparation for the sina
and follies of her early days. These traditions I believe as firmly as any I know,
and they are as well authenticated as any outside of Holy Writ.

O how consoling to think of this holy woman ! Her name will be handed down
to the remotest generations as the model, the encouragement of all who truly repent
of their sins. How I love to reflect on these glorious examples, gems of the chris-
tian year! These holy souls who, like Mary, chose that better part which can never
be taken from them. You, like her, have chosen to dwell at the foot of the altar,
to contemplate your God like Mary, and yet serve Him in His members, the poor,
like blessed Martha.

"With you, contemplation is mixed with action, and you leave the sweetness of
God's blessed presence in the ever Adorable Sacrament, only to serve Him in the
poor, the sick, the ignorant, the wretched, whom it is your privilege to relieve, con-
sole, instruct and succor. The devil, as you know, goes about like a roaring lion,
seeking the souls of men, but he loves to catch a religious more than all. There-
fore he will often strive to convince you that he is right and God wrong, to make
you relish worldly amusements, to be ashamed of the meekness and humility of
Jesus Christ. I have seen persons tempted till they did what every one but them-
selves knew was wrong. They would swear they were right; they would swear
things were necessary which every one else saw were 7iot necessary; they would
work themselves into a fever, and by sympathy the sickness of the mind soon passed
into the body. God in His mercy tries to win back the poor deluded souls, and at
last their eyes are opened, they see their folly and repent. But there is no fear of
all this for you, guarded as you are by your blessed rules. St. Vincent de Paul
used frequently to say to the Priests of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity,
in his spiritual conferences; Keep your rules, and your rules will keep you.
Whether teaching, instructing, serving the sick in the hospitals, comforting the
prisoners, keep your rules, and you shall do great things for God.

See what a hard rule blessed Magdalene made for herself, and how rigorously she
kept it. Your rules are laid down for you by God, and among all the rules with
which I am acquainted, I know of none more beautiful than that which He has given
you. In this country, some houses must struggle for years before anything like rule
can be established in them, but it has not been so in this, thank God; your difiicul-
ties are few; the spirit that animates you, one and all, is the Spirit of God. It is no
matter who commands, all who have charge over you, directly or indirectly, supe-
riors, general or subordinate superiors, all speak to you on the part of God whose will
is that you obey. The Order of Servites, or Servants of Mary, founded by St.
Philip Beniti, for many years obeyed a woman. It would not be much to obey


God's voice, for He could crush you to the earth by His power, should you dare to
rebel, but when you obey a poor creature, one of yourselves, for God's sake, then
you merit grace and glory.

I thank God, my beloved children, that there is no present necessity why I should
speak on this subject ; your good Superior has informed me more than once, that she
herself is continually edified and spurred on to perfection by the example of the
docility and zeal you constantly show, and your cheerful resignation to all the labors
and privations you have had to undergo. May God preserve and increase among
you the spirit of charity, and patience, and sacrifice, so essential to your holy call-
ing, that you may continue to draw souls to Him; and after the lapse of ages, when
you shall be seated on your heavenly thrones, your accidental glory will continually
increase by the accession of new souls, who will thank you, under God, for their

Yes, many will be saved through the instmmentality of the Sisters of Mercy, who
will bless the good religious who founded this house, which to them was a means of
salvation, wherein they first learned to know and love God. Your words, but still
more, your example, will, as heretofore, bring blessings to your poor children, and
new graces to yourselves in time, and glories for eternity. Cherish, then, your glo-
ous calling; may these good works, fostered by your care, be your joy in this life,
and your glory when time shall be no more. This is my daily prayer for you, my
beloved children. .

Conference by Rt. Rev. John Timon, at Convent of Mercy, Buffalo, iV. T. Feast
of Holy Innocents, 1858.

So numerous and so glorious, my dearly loved Sisters, are the sacred mysteries
proposed at this holy season for our consideration that I scarcely know which to
choose for a subject of instruction for you, who have, no doubt, considered them,
one and all, and who are secluded from the world, and released from the most bur-
densome of your ordinary occupations that you may be able to pass this holy time
in greater recollection and spiritual joy. But there is one touching practice
ordained by your holy rules which meets with my especial approbation, and it is
precisely to this that I mean to call your attention during this short instruction.
Holy persons in every age have tried to mark the progress of time with salutary
exercises, thanking God for the graces of each year as it rolls by, and begging an
increase of grace for the future. Now, this you have particular facilities for doing,
since your rules oblige you to pass the last three days of every year in holy retreat,
reflecting how you have advanced God's glory and your own perfection during the
year which has almost passed, and looking forward to the New Year, which is com-
ing, and during which you may make ample reparation for any little negligences of
the past. The festival of Christmas has just been celebrated, and I trust, as you
doubtless have been faithful in making the necessary preparation, God has given
you to feel something of the deep sentiments of spiritual joy which that ever ble.ssed
day is calculated to awaken in the heart of man. It is a season of "glad tidings
and great joy ;' ' one of the two greatest festivals of the year If the feast of any


Saint occur during the Octave of Easter or Corpus Christi, or any other great festi-
val, the mass of that Saint is not said; it is sent on to another time, except in case
of some privileged Saint. But the very day after Christmas, we celebrate the feast
of St. Stephen; the next day, St. John Evangelist; the next. Holy Innocents; the
next, St. Thomas of Canterbury, and so on, even on Christmas Day itself, we com-
memorate, at the second mass, the glorious Virgin and Martyr, St. Anastasia. The
Saints have asked the reason of this, and have answered that the Nativity is a mys-
tery which excites to promptitude, and makes us exert ourselves at once in honor of
that Adorable Babe who, in the manger of Bethlehem, began to labor for our salva-
tion, or rather, who labored for that end in His mother's womb. Therefore, on
Christmas and the days following, the Church honors her Infant God by commem-
orating His Saints, the fruit of His coming. You, my dear children, have, in your
peculiar way, to imitate the wise conduct of the Church in this respect.

You have, I trust, tried to prepare in your hearts, a dwelling worthy of the ever
Blessed Babe of Bethlehem; you have knelt by His crib, with St. Joseph and the
shepherds, you have clasped Him to your heart, like Mary, His Immaculate Mother.
You have thanked Him for the sufferings He endured in that comfortless stable, as
a poor shivering Infant, for your salvation.

You will now endeavor more than ever to imitate Him, in one thing especially.
The Gospel tells us that He "increased in wisdom and age nnd grace before God
and man. This is exactly what He requires of us. He seemed to grow in wisdom,
to set us an example. He wishes to grow in our hearts by an increase of every vir-
tue. He wishes that by our increased mildness, patience, gentleness, sweetness and
charity, all may perceive that He has grown in our hearts. Now, then, dearest
children, strive to profit by those days of grace which you are to pass in holy retreat.

All good people make useful reflections towards the end of the year. Since I
have been in this diocese, every year I have had public devotions on New Years'
Eve, and on Friday there will be devotions in the cathedral, to remind even poor
sinners of the solemn duty of thanking God for the past year's benefits, and pre-
paring to spend the coming year in a manner calculated to glorify God and edify the
Church. Now, then, enter into this holy solitude with a firm purpose of correcting
anything that may be defective in you. Look at the past, it is now vanished for-
ever. Say to yourselves: Now, what good would it have done me had I broken
silence on such an occasion, had I murmured, or yielded to anger, or performed my
spiritual exercises carelessly ? and in the end, what can it profit any of us to gain
the whole world and lose our immortal soul?

Thank God for the many blessings and graces He has conferred on you during
this year; thank Him for the crosses and trials He has sent you; all were meant for
your good, all entered into the designs of God's adorable Providence in your regard,
and if you had not made a good retreat, the fault would have been your own. And
then, look forward to the future, and look forward hopefully, joyfully. See what
occasions you are likely to fall in, make good resolutions, and beg from your Infant

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