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Rev Fr James Matthew Cleary
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Birth: Sep. 8, 1849
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 25, 1933
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA

From the Incarnation Church website:

Father Cleary was born in Dudham, Massachusetts on September 8, 1849, the son of Thomas and Julia Cleary who had come to this country from County Galway, Ireland.

At the age of 15 years, young James was sent to St. Lawrence College near Fond du Lac and then to St. Francis College at Milwaukee. He finished his seminary course in 1871. Priesthood was conferred on the young man when he was but 22 years old. The ordination took place in the chapel of St. Francis Seminary on July 9, 1872. He celebrated his first mass the following Sunday in St. Peter's Church, East Troy, Wisconsin.

In July of 1922 Father Cleary celebrated his golden jubilee, and on May 4, 1924 was elevated to the rank of Monsignor at special services conducted at the church. Archbishop Dowling officiated at the ceremony of investiture. This was the crowning achievement for a man who had devoted his life to God and to help work for the good and welfare of God's people.

On May 25, 1933, the beloved pastor and founder of Incarnation, Monsignor James M. Cleary died at the age of 83. Hospitalized with a hip fracture since March 30 of that year, it was still believed that he would be able to celebrate the 61st anniversary of his priesthood which would have been on July 9th. His death and funeral made front page headlines in the Minneapolis paper. Monsignor Humphrey Moynihan stated in his funeral sermon for Monsignor Cleary that "his glory was his simplicity of heart and his conviction of conscience".
Family links: 
  Thomas Cleary (1819 - 1908)
  Julia Cleary (1819 - 1908)
  John L Cleary (1846 - 1909)*
  James Matthew Cleary (1849 - 1933)
  Thomas Lewis Cleary (1851 - 1929)*
  Michael Cleary (1853 - 1933)*
  Francis Cleary (1857 - 1938)*
  Julia M Cleary (1864 - 1870)*
  Mary A Cleary (1864 - 1870)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Marys Cemetery
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: DaveVang
Record added: Apr 15, 2010
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Rev Fr James Matthew Cleary
Added by: DaveVang
Rev Fr James Matthew Cleary
Added by: DaveVang
Rev Fr James Matthew Cleary
Added by: DaveVang
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