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Rev. Louis Barth, a pioneer missionary in Pennsylvania and an administrator of the Diocese of Philad...
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Rev. Louis Barth, a pioneer missionary in Pennsylvania and an administrator of the Diocese of Philadelphia. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume II. Pages 29-37.
American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia.
11 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
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REV. - Louis‘ Banrii. ’ ' 29 REV.’ LOUIS BARTH, a Pioneer Missionary in Pennsylvania and an Adminis- trator of the Diocese of Philadelphia. [Read before the SOCIETY on May 5th, 1887, by Rev. Jumzs C. Fo1N.] THE following sketch of one of the most earnest and active pioneer priests of the Church in Pennsylvania is far from being as complete as it should be; yet, imperfect as it is, I hope it may prove interesting to those who revere the memory of the noble priests who, through trackless forests and in humble log-huts, brought glad tidings of great joy to the then few, scattered Catholics throughout the great State of VVilliam Penn. The name of Rev. Louis Barth is found in the early records of the Church as often, I think, as that of any of the early missionary priests, his long priestly career extending from 1790 until 1844. The hours of toil and labor,of patience and charity, of study and prayer, of counsel and advice, of preaching and administering the holy Sacraments, of trials and suffering in those years, we can form but a faint idea of; suffi- cient, however, to hear with pleasure something concerning such a worthy man. Louis Barth de VValbach was born of noble parentage in Alsace, at that time a province of France. He was the second son of the noble Count Joseph dc Barth and Maria Louisa dc Rohmer. The title of honor conferred upon his house was that of Walbach, or De VValbach, in consequence of which we often find him alluded to as the Baron of Walbach,-and the prefix is added to his name as “ De” Barth. He himself, however, always signed his name in the early baptismal records . . - .2‘. .. , ‘.:,‘.;.' '.‘.‘.‘.‘ .' 5;.‘-A : ,.,,".;‘.".“.’.:2:‘-‘-'..gd1'sfKb<" .,;,.v;;-‘,a3'n-,.-rs)-a v-o..r=',g3:aut,n..a< -cps:-A uo-‘9-;s‘;-.v'aJL ‘ V; f ’ - ............:..--,.. ‘W ‘f;;,,:“,,,,,;<.’, ;,' . , , 2 ' .