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Rev Patrick Eugene Moriarty
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Birth: 1805, Ireland
Death: Jul. 10, 1875
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA

Rev Patrick Eugene Moriarty OSA

Patrick was born in Ireland in 1805. He studied there at Carlow College and later in Italy, where he was ordained in Rome in 1828.

Fr Moriarty spent a short time in Ireland after ordination, after which he went to the newly established Vicariate of Madras, India. There he served as Chaplain to the General Hospital Garrison at Fort Saint George, and thus was the first Catholic chaplain to be recognized by the British Government since the Reformation.

Between 1832 to 1834, Fr Moriarty served as a military chaplain at Libson, Portugal. After refusing an Indian Bishopric, he volunteered for assignments in the United States, where he arrived in July 1939. He served as prior and pastor of St Augustine's in Philadelphia PA and also as Commissary-General three times. Before beginning his missionary activities in the United States, he was granted a Doctorate of Divinity by Pope Benedict XVI.

During his first assignment in the United States, Fr Moriarty attended the IV and V Baltimore Councils and also earned wide spread fame as a great orator and lecturer. He spoke at the cornerstone laying, dedication and blessing of such churches as St Mary's Lawrence MA; the Cathedral in Charlestown SC; and in Pennsylvania at St Mary's in Phoenixville, St Michael's in Chester, and St Philip Neri in Philadelphia.

In 1847, Fr Moriarty went to Rome where he was appointed Assistant-General. He returned to the United States in 1850 to continue his activities for the new Commissary Province. He served as President of Villanova College from 1851 to 1855.

In 1841, he and Fr Kyle negotiated the purchase of the Belle-Aire Estate and thus made possible the establishing of our parish in Chestnut Hill PA. Later he served as the first pastor of our parish in Lansingburg (Troy) NY. He wrote a "Life of St Augustine" and delivered his last lecture in the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

Fr Moriarty was 70 when he died on July 10, 1875 at Villanova. He is buried at St Augustine's in Philadelphia. Bishop Quinlan of Mobile AL preached the eulogy.

In a biographical sketch of Fr Moriarty the Catholic Annual stated: "There is not a man, woman or child where Dr. Moriarty is known who does not venerate his name and deplore his loss."

Moriarty Hall, a dormitory on the Villanova University campus, is named in his honor. 
Saint Augustine Church Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Mémoriaux Atlantique
Record added: Nov 29, 2012
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Rev Patrick Eugene Moriarty
Added by: Mémoriaux Atlantique
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Rest In Peace, Father Patrick!
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Dec. 1, 2012

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