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Archbishop Patrick John Ryan – His Life and Times

Book Contents

I  Introduction

  1. Philadelphia, 1911

    At ten minutes past four, Saturday afternoon February 11, the bells of the city churches began to echo the tolling of the cathedral bell; death had come to the Archbishop

  2. Profile

    The power of personality and wit

II  Ireland, 1831–1852: The ideal preparation

  1. Tipperary: Family background, education
  2. Famine, 1845–1849

    The Thurles experience as a teenager

  3. Society, politics, religion

    The ideal preparation for the life he chose to lead

III  St. Louis, 1852–1884: From deacon to archbishop at a time of rapid growth and sweeping change

  1. The Roman Catholic Church in America

    Small beginnings, prejudice and progress

  2. St. Louis: City, state, diocese
  3. Pastoral experience

    Reputation as administrator and orator at home and abroad

  4. Civil War in St. Louis

    Divided loyalties; experience as a prison chaplain

  5. Bishop despite the controversy

    The doctrine of papal infallibility and other influences on his promotion

IV  Philadelphia, 1884–1911: Leadership locally and nationally

  1. Philadelphia

    The centre of a thriving industrial area

  2. The Archdiocese

    Growth and diversity

  3. Dissension

    Bishops disagree on major issues

  4. Reaching out

    Spreading the message; challenging prejudices

  5. Preacher, orator and pamphleteer

    To be a good Catholic is to be a good citizen

  6. African Americans and Native Americans

    Support for Saint Katharine Drexel and influence on American hierarchy; appointment by President Roosevelt to the Board of Indian Commissioners

  7. Connections with Ireland

    Irish Parliamentary Party; Parnell and Home Rule; visits to Ireland

  8. Active to the end

    Slowing down and the appointment of a coadjutor


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