Rev Fr Patrick Henneberry

Rev Fr Patrick Henneberry

Birth
County Kilkenny, Ireland
Death 19 Sep 1897 (aged 66–67)
Virginia City, Storey County, Nevada, USA
Burial Virginia City, Storey County, Nevada, USA
Plot Catholic Cemetery Plot A-016
Memorial ID 133150345 · View Source
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Patrick Henneberry, C.PP.S.
Missionary of the Precious Blood
Superior of the California Province
Founder of St Joseph College

Humboldt County was a remote and sparsely-settled wilderness when, in the fall of 1865, the Irish missioner, Father Patrick Henneberry, arrived in California and, though popular in the matter of giving missions throughout the mining towns of the old Grass Valley Diocese, desired to establish a novitiate of the Society of the Precious Blood in the northern part of the state. Following approval from his superiors, Eureka was chosen as the site.

In the fall of 1868 Father Henneberry became the parish priest for Del Norte and Humboldt counties and soon began the building of the novitiate. But, with no means of support, he decided to start a secular school for boarders outside Eureka; this in hopes that profits would support the novitiate. Rohnerville pioneer, James Degnan, donated a 30-acre site high on the bluff overlooking the Eel River and the "Ionian style" St. Joseph's College building was completed in the fall of 1871.

The school was plagued by never-ending financial problems. Fr. Henneberry left his beloved school in the fall of 1875 to begin a ten-year fund-raising crusade; traveling throughout the world and giving missions in Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, South Africa, India, Rome and England before returning home in 1886. The school was forced to close for lack of students but resident seminarians and priests continued their studies and service to nearby parishes. Fr. Henneberry considered Rohnerville home, always returning to St. Joseph's from his business trips and preaching tours.

Fr. Henneberry did not heed an invitation, extended to him while in Chicago, to retire to a C.PP.S. Home. He returned to the West and, in vain, sought funds everywhere. He began a series of missions and worked without a day of rest between, Reno, Carson City, Gold Hill and Virginia City. On Sunday, August 15th, he offered Mass at St Mary's in the Mountains in Virginia City and worked tirelessly until the following Friday (8/20/1897). While celebrating Mass that day, he suffered a Stroke and was paralyzed. Admitted at the Sisters’ Hospital in Virginia City, he passed to eternal life on Monday, the 19th of September (Feast of Saint Januarius, Bishop and Martyr).

NOTE: The college was re-opened in January, 1894, but closed again in 1897; with final disposition of the property in 1899 when purchased from the Henneberry estate.

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Bio by Row Walker


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 133150345
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Fr Patrick Henneberry (1830–19 Sep 1897), Find a Grave Memorial no. 133150345, citing Silver Terrace Cemeteries, Virginia City, Storey County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by RowWalker (contributor 46489843) .