Bayley, James Roosevelt, Dd

Bayley, James Roosevelt, D.D.

a distinguished Roman Catholic prelate, was born in New York city, August 23, 1814. He graduated from Washington (now Trinity) College, Hartford, Connecticut, in 1835, and studied theology under Dr. Samuel Jarvis at Middletown; was ordained a minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church; preached at Harlem, N.Y., and afterwards at Hagerstown, Maryland. He went to Rome, entered the Roman Catholic Church in 1842, studied theology in the Sulpitian Seminary at Paris, and was raised to the priesthood in New York by archbishop Hughes, March 2, 1844. He was engaged thereafter in teaching and pastoral duties in New York city, and in filling the position of secretary to archbishop Hughes. On October 30, 1853, he was consecrated first bishop of Newark, N.J., and on October 12, 1872, he received the pallium of the archbishopric of Baltimore. He took part in the three provincial councils of New York, in the second plenary council of Baltimore, and in the ecumenical council of the Vatican. He also visited Rome in 1862 for the canonization of the Japanese martyrs, and in 1867 for the centenary of the apostles. In 1877 he went to Europe for the Vichy waters, but, receiving no benefit, returned to America, and got as far as Newark, where he died, October 3, 1877. Archbishop Bayley wrote, Sketch of the History of the Catholic Church on the Island of New York (N.Y. 1853; new ed. 1869): — Memoirs of Simon G. Brute, First Bishop of Vincennes (1860): — Pastorals for the People. See (N.Y.) Catholic Almanac, 1878, page 38.

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