Home >> Encyclopedia Americana, Volume 8 >> Civil List to County Government In The >> Corrigan


diocese, newark and york

CORRIGAN, Michael Augustine, Ameri can Roman Catholic prelate: b. Newark, N. J., 13 Aug. 1839; d. New York, 5 May 1902. He made his elementary studies in a private school in Newark and at the age of 14 was sent to Saint Mary's College, Wilmington, Del. In the spring of 1859 he was graduated from Mount Saint Mary's Emmitsburg, and in the fall of the same year entered the American College in Rome. He was the first student from the United States who asked for admission to this now famous college. At Rome in 1863 he was or dained a priest for the diocese of Newark, United States, but remained in Rome another year for further study. He began his duties in the Newark diocese (1864) and was soon ap pointed by his bishop as professor of dogmatic theology and sacred Scripture at Seton Hall Seminary, South Orange, N. J. As vacancies occurred in the seminary he was promoted until in 1868 he was made president of the institution. In 1873 he was elevated to the office of bishop of Newark, remaining at the head of this diocese for seven years. In its management his executive ability proved to be equal to his charity. He introduced

religious communities, founded charitable insti tutions and greatly stimulated the religious life of his diocese. The number of organized parishes increased, and in 1880 he was called to the position of coadjutor of Cardinal McClos key, archbishop of New York. In October 1880 he received the papal bulls appointing him arch bishop of Petra and coadjutor to the archbishop of New York, with the right of succession. Upon the death of Cardinal McCloskey, Arch bishop Corrigan became archbishop of New York, and the pallium was conferred upon him 4 March 1::1. This charge he retained until his death. During the years he was at the head the diocese became one of the largest and most effective in the world. He became known through his many activities as one of the most prominent Roman Catholics in the United States. He was untiring and unobtrusive; a scholar of high attainments and spiritual power. Consult Mooney, J. A., 'Michael Augustine Corrigan; A Memorial' (New York 1902).