Mcmurdie, Henry, Dd

McMurdie, Henry, D.D.

a Roman Catholic divine, was born in London, May 21, 1822, and was brought up a member of the Church of England. He entered a commercial house in Liverpool, and during the Tractarian movement joined the Catholic Church. He accompanied bishop O'Connor of Pittsburgh to America, and entered Mount St. Mary's Seminary, where he graduated. He was ordained priest at Loretto, Pennsylvania, by bishop O'Connor, August 15, 1854. He returned to Mount St. Mary's, became professor of theology and moral philosophy, afterwards director of the seminary, was vice- president from 1873 to 1875, and was a hard worker to the day of his death, which took place at the seminary, Emmittsburg, Maryland, January 20, 1880. Dr. McMurdie had a mind which saw through the most abstract questions. He had a marvellous command of English, and was a fine preacher. See (N.Y.) Catholic Annual, 1883, page 63.

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