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ARCHBISHOP JOHN HUGHES

EARLY LIFE

John Hughes was born in Annaloghan, Co. Tyrone in 1797 and his father was a poor but respectable farmer.

Hughes and his family suffered religious persecution in Ireland and indeed his sister was denied a Catholic burial by a priest.

Hughes attended schools in both Augher and Aughnacloy in South Tyrone, but was called by his father to work the land as was the case for many young lads at the time.

FAVOUR ROYAL ESTATE

However, having an aversion to toiling the land, Hughes was sent to work as an apprentice to the gardener, Roger Toland, at the Favour Royal Estate which straddles the present-day Monaghan, Tyrone border.

EMIGRATION

His father emmigrated to America in 1816 and John followed his father the following year. They settled in Chambersburg. John made several unsuccessful attempts to enter Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland where he was eventually hired as a gardener. Having made a good impression with his esteemed superiors, Hughes was eventually enrolled as a regular student in 1820 where he also continued to supervise the gardens. His apprenticeship at Favour Royal obviously served him well!

RELIGIOUS LIFE

Hughes was ordained a priest in 1826 and began his first assignment in Philadelphia as a  curate. His outstanding skills as a first class organiser and communicator were beginning to get noticed and he was also responsible for the founding of St. John's Orphan Asylum in 1829.

 

THE PRIEST BECOMES A BISHOP

John Hughes was consecrated a Bishop in 1838 and in 1850 became an Archbishop of the diocese of New York.

It was here that he become known as a man of great fortitiude and a man to get things done. He championed the cause of immigrants, especially those Irish immigrants who had escaped the ravages of Famine.

He set up a Catholic school system when there was none and he oversaw the building of many Catholic churches to cater for the burgeoning number of Catholics in the city. 

 

ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL, FIFTH AVENUE

If ever there was something to highlight the enormity of Hughes' stewardship and power in New York, it was the building of St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. He laid the cornerstone of the Cathedral in 1858, and though he did not live to see its final splendour, it serves as a shining light to this great man, a humble Irish emmigrant who fought for the rights of Catholics, a man who left a legacy which still inspires today, a legacy left by the man from Dernaved.

 

ARCHBISHOP HUGHES DISPLAY IN CLARA NS

The staff and pupils of Clara NS, created a wonderful display portraying the life and times of Archbishop Hughes. Pictures, creative writing and facts are just a snapshot shown in the photos here of this superb display. Well done to everyone who took part in the project and a big thanks to Mrs Beeton for organising such a colurful display. Archbishop Hughes would be proud of you!

 

 

 



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