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I0 luav. DR. GIBBONS
The Rev. Dr. Gibbons is a native of
Coatesville. He attended St. Anne's
School, St. Louis, Mo.. and St. Cath-
arine's School, Cincinnati, Ohio. He
studied at St. Joseph’: Preparatory
Philadelphia. and St. Charles‘
Seminary. He was singled out to com-
ptete his theological studies in Rome.
where he attended lectures in the Urban
‘University .ot Propaganda Fide
resident at the North American College.
He was ordained to the priesthood in
the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Rome.
by Cardinal Pompili on May 26. I923.
After his return to this country he was
assigned to St. Philip Neri's Church,
Philadelphia, as rector. On
’ May I8. I927. he was named rector of
Birdsboro. and was appointed diocesan
director ot the Catholic Missionary
Society ot Philadelphia. on April 7, I932.
Under the new arrangement, Dr. Gib-
bons comes the same
capacity as a rector of any parish. This
is a condition which the Laymen's Re-
to Malvern in
treat League has sought to attain tori
ma y years, but which was never pos-
sible because ot Dr. Corrigan's and
Father Donahua's other duties at the
Seminary. As rector ot the Men of
Malvorn, Dr. Gibbons will malre his
‘tome at St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills. and
Axcept when he is out promoting the
business of the League. he can be seen
' every day at the weelr. This means that
the Man of Malvern can, in a sense, malre
a private retreat from Monday till
THE PlLGRIM'S TALE
BEING A TRIP BACK THROUGH THE
CENTURIES TO THE EARLY AGES OF
FAITH WITH A DIRECT DESCENDANT
OF ST. THOMAS MORE
By BRYAN M. O'RElLLY
The Man of Illalzrcni, who 7'(’(‘t’l":L't’(i
rccvntly a stranger into their midst
with Chri.rt-like .ri1n[>Iii:ity and hospi-
tality, c.r;‘>rcs.rril srmie interest in his
late of a Pilgrimage beyond the seas.
just as in days yam’ by the pilgrims to
C antcrbury whiled away the hours with
the tales of one who wore the scallop
of Saint James‘. This was the tale he
told, xittirrg on the porch of Saint
Jn.sr[vh'.r-in-Ihc-Hills, "watching, with
his new fmmd brethren, the mix! ru-
slzrmulcd hills and rvaiting Inr the
A dozen years ago. in the Isle cit
Saints and Scholars, a brother ot Saint
Vincent de Paul persuaded me to ioin
him. and some hundred and titty others.
in a pilgrimage to Saint Patricl<'s Purga-
tory. Lough Derg. In going, we trod the
footsteps of countless thousands trom
all over Christendom. tollowing a tra-
dition alive since the days of Saint
Its tame spread throughout the early
Irish Church and her sister. the Church
in Northumbria, drawing many hither.
During the Middle Ages the report ot
it reached all Christendom. and men
trom all corners of Europe toolr their
way to that outermost isle ot the west.
to do penance tor their sins.
Destroyed by Cromwell
The storms ot the great Schism, and
finally, the cruelties and blight of Crorn
well. put a stop tor a time to the pro-
cession of pilgrims. Cromwell's troopers
smashed every evidence of piety and
taith and lett a ruin.
In God's good time the flood of hate‘
subsided and, when the harsh Penal
Laws were relaxed, pilgrims came again
to the isle in Lough Derg. So it was
an old trail, beaten by thousands ot
Christian feet before us, that we toolt
in our turn in the summer ot I923.
One hundred and titty odd souls:
men and women. rich and poor, high
and low, old and young. were gathered
together about tive o'clock one evening
on the shore ot Lough Derg awaiting
the great adventure. The Lough is broad
and its waters inlzy, the island halt a
mile oft shore, grey. stony, and bare.
Two long buildings and a low stone
Church were its only landmarlrs.
Barefooled and Shares Cot
Great blaclr boats. holding sixty odd.
and propelled by a dozen sweeps, ter-
ried us across the water. At Lough
Derg, you live cheelr by iowl with your
tellow ponitents. and in the boats men
ot wealth and position were squeezed
into place between women of the slums.
The Hostels were packed. for another
party was halt way through its pilgrim-
age: you surrendered your shoes and
stoclcings and sought a cot. This cot
you had but a part interest in; while its
late owner watched all night in the
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The Right Rev. Monsignor Joseph M.
Corrigan. D.D., LL.D., Litt.D.. rector of
the Philadelphia Theological Seminary ot
St. Charles Borromeo, Overbrook. has
been appointed rector of the Catholic
University ot America. Washington.
D, C., it has been announced by His
Holiness. Pope Pius XI. He is the tirst
Philadelphia priest to become rector ot
onsignor Corrigan was born in the
Cathedral Parish. Philadelphia. Ha at-
tended the parochial school there and
La Salle College, ot which institution he
is regarded as one of the most d‘stin-
guished alumni. Later he entered St.
Charles’ Seminary. As a seminarian
‘ there he was selected to pursue his
philosophical and theological studies at
the North American College. Rome, .
where he received the degree oi Doctor
ot Divinity. He was ordained to the
priesthood in the Church ot St. John
Lateran, on June 6, I903. by His Emi-
nence, Peter Cardinal Respighi.
Returning to Philadelphia, Monsignor
Corrigan was assigned to the Church of
Our Lady of the Rosary. Subsequently
he served as assistant rector in St.
Agatha's and St. Columba's parishes.
Following this parish worlr. Monsignor
Corrigan was named Diocesan Director
ot Catholic Charities and given charge
ot the Catholic Children's Bureau. On
October I5, l9l8. he was appointed
prolessor in St. Charles’ Seminary. and
seven years later, on October 29. I925.
he was named rector of the seminary.
Monsignor Corrigan, in addition to
the rectorship ot the seminary, is also
professor of Pastoral Theology. He is
a iudge ot the Matrimonial Court. mod-
erator ot the Priests’ Conference; and
a member of the Vigilance Committee.
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