Mcparland, Francis Patrick, Dd

McParland, Francis Patrick, D.D.

a Roman Catholic prelate, was born at Franklin, Pennsylvania, April 6, 1819. He studied at a private academy in his native town, and then at Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Emmittsburg, Maryland. He was ordained priest in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, by archbishop Hughes, May 18, 1845, and was for one year thereafter professor at St. John's College, Fordham. Thence he went to St. Joseph's Church, New York city, where he remained three months, when he was transferred to the pastorate of the church at Watertown, N.Y. In 1851 he was appointed pastor of St. John's Church, Utica, and remained there until his election to the episcopacy of Hartford, March 14, 1858. This diocese then included Connecticut and Rhode Island, and Providence was the seat; but in 1872 Hendricken was appointed to the see of Providence, and McFarland removed to Hartford, where he died, October 12, 1874. Bishop McFarland was modest, dignified in office, zealous, and studious. See (N.Y.) Cath. Almanac, 1875, page 105.

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