Maccarthy, Nicholas Tuite De

Maccarthy, Nicholas Tuite De a noted Roman Catholic pulpit orator, was born of a noble family at Dublin, Ireland, May 19, 1769. His parents removed to France on account of religious persecution, and Nicholas was educated at the College du Plessis, later at the College de France, and then at the Sorbonne. During the Revolution he returned to his parents at Toulouse, and lived there in great retirement, his time devoted mainly to study. In 1814 he became a priest, and early gained for himself distinction as a pulpit orator. In 1819 he entered the "Society of Jesus." Thereafter he traveled from place to place, preaching everywhere with great success. His name had already, in 1819, been regarded at court, and he had then declined a bishopric, preferring his association with the Jesuits to an official position. In 1826 he was invited to preach before the royal household, and created quite a sensation. Now his name was placed among the foremost of the nation. After the fall of Charles X, Maccarthy moved to Savoy, and thence to Rome, where he died, May 3,1833. His sermons, which were published in 2 vols. 8vo (Paris, 1836), were translated into German and other modern languages. See the excellent article in Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 32:482; Regensburg Real-Encyklopädie, s.v.

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