|Bernard John McQuaid||Bishop McQuaid, President McQuaid|
|Birth date||Birth place|
|December 15, 1823||New York, NY USA|
|Date of death||Place of death|
|January 18, 1909||Rochester, NY|
|Early development of Dicocese of Rochester|
President, Seton Hall University
Vicar General, Diocese of Newark, NJ
Bishop, Diocese of Rochester
|Bernard J. McQuaid|
Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid was Rochester's first Catholic Bishop and is the namesake to McQuaid Jesuit High School. McQuiad was orphaned at age 4 when first his mother, then father died. He went from a NY City orphanage to Chambly College near Montreal, Canada. He returned Fordham University and was ordained January 16, 1848 in old St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City.
The "Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester in American begins on March 3, 1868, when the people of eight counties of the territory of the Diocese of Buffalo were entrusted to the pastoral care of the first bishop of the newly established Diocese of Rochester. The original eight counties were Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Cayuga, Yates, and Tompkins. Pope Pius IX selected Bernard J. McQuaid, a native of New York City, to lead the new upstate diocese. McQuaid was the founding president of Seton Hall University. He served as vicar-general of the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey."
At his death in 1909 "McQuaid left a diocese that had not only survived conflicts which could have torn it apart but that also had been built to a point of stability at which it operated productively."
Notes and References
Seton Hall Records - information on records held at Seton Hall University
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