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Rev Thomas Francis Hendricken

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Rev Thomas Francis Hendricken

Birth
Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Death 11 Jun 1886 (aged 59)
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Plot Sarcophagus is located on the cathedral's main floor, in the West Transept.
Memorial ID 81046199 View Source
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Bishop Thomas Francis Hendricken was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. He studied in St. Kiernan's College and Maynooth where he met Bishop Bernard O'Reilly who ordained him for Hartford in 1853. In 1872 he was appointed the first Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He created 13 English- and two French-speaking parishes for growing congregations composed mainly of French-Canadians and Irish. By 1873, the immigration into the diocese slowed and the post-war boom ended with many of his flock unemployed or on reduced wages. As with many of his fellow prelates, he urged a response of patience and social conservatism. He was primarily responsible for the construction of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, although he died before its completion. His funeral was the first Mass to be celebrated in the cathedral, and he was entombed in a crypt beneath the high altar.


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  • Maintained by: L'Hexagone
  • Originally Created by: Neil F.
  • Added: 26 Nov 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 81046199
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/81046199/thomas-francis-hendricken : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Thomas Francis Hendricken (5 May 1827–11 Jun 1886), Find a Grave Memorial ID 81046199, citing Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by L'Hexagone (contributor 47826846) .