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Rev Thomas Verney Robinson CSP

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Rev Thomas Verney Robinson CSP

Birth
Death
16 Feb 1903 (aged 62)
Burial
Manhattan, New York County, New York, USA Add to Map
Plot
Church Basement: Not Open to the Public
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Born into one of the wealthiest "first families of Virginia" Thomas Robinson attended William and Mary College and later entered the Virginia Military Institute, where he studied under the renowned Civil War general, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Undisciplined and unable to handle the rigors of military life, Robinson entered the Episcopal Seminary in Arlington, Virginia, in 1860.

When the "rebellion" broke out he returned home and enlisted in the Virginia Howitzers. He saw combat at the Battle of Fredricksburg, but his health soon collapsed and he spent the rest of the war in military hospitals around Richmond. When Richmond was captured in 1865 he was taken prisoner by the Union and imprisoned on David's Island in the East River of New York City.

Virtually penniless upon his release, Robinson worked as a schoolteacher in New York prior to converting to Catholicism in 1867 and entering the Paulist community. He was professed on May 22, 1872, and was ordained only three days later, on May 25, 1872.

Fr. Robinson began his priestly ministry on the mission band but war-related psychological issues forced him into light parish work at the parish of St. Paul the Apostle in New York for the balance of his life. He was remembered by his close friend, Fr. Michael Paul Smith, C.S.P., as "A brotherly, lovable and chivalrous soul, a truly spiritual man, even if a little eccentric."

Born into one of the wealthiest "first families of Virginia" Thomas Robinson attended William and Mary College and later entered the Virginia Military Institute, where he studied under the renowned Civil War general, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Undisciplined and unable to handle the rigors of military life, Robinson entered the Episcopal Seminary in Arlington, Virginia, in 1860.

When the "rebellion" broke out he returned home and enlisted in the Virginia Howitzers. He saw combat at the Battle of Fredricksburg, but his health soon collapsed and he spent the rest of the war in military hospitals around Richmond. When Richmond was captured in 1865 he was taken prisoner by the Union and imprisoned on David's Island in the East River of New York City.

Virtually penniless upon his release, Robinson worked as a schoolteacher in New York prior to converting to Catholicism in 1867 and entering the Paulist community. He was professed on May 22, 1872, and was ordained only three days later, on May 25, 1872.

Fr. Robinson began his priestly ministry on the mission band but war-related psychological issues forced him into light parish work at the parish of St. Paul the Apostle in New York for the balance of his life. He was remembered by his close friend, Fr. Michael Paul Smith, C.S.P., as "A brotherly, lovable and chivalrous soul, a truly spiritual man, even if a little eccentric."


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