Rev James Frederick Wood

Rev James Frederick Wood

Birth
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Jun 1882 (aged 69)
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Crypt under the main altar.
Memorial ID 8052956 · View Source
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Roman Catholic Archbishop. He was raised a Unitarian. While living in Cincinnati, Wood developed a friendship with Archbishop John B. Purcell and, at the age of twenty-three, became a Catholic. In 1857, Wood was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Philadelphia to Bishop John Neumann and, at Neumann's death, became the fifth Bishop of Philadelphia. A bright financial manager, Wood was shepherd to about 200,000 Catholics. He established new parishes and, in 1865, bought a parcel of land in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia; that property later became the new site of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Wood laid the cornerstone of the new building in 1866; the seminary opened in 1871. When in 1875, Philadelphia became an archdiocese, Wood became its first archbishop. During his episcopacy, Wood also oversaw the completion of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the home church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


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  • Created by: rjschatz
  • Added: 2 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8052956
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev James Frederick Wood (27 Apr 1813–20 Jun 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8052956, citing Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by rjschatz (contributor 46560566) .