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A Sketch of Catholicity in the City of Pittsburg, Pa. Records of the American Catholic Historical So...
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A Sketch of Catholicity in the City of Pittsburg, Pa. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume IX. Pages 293-304.
Lambing, A. A.
11 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
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A SKETCH OF CATHOLICITY IN THE CITY OF PITTSBURG, PA.’5‘ BY THE REV. A. A. LAMBING, LL.D., President of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. During the French occupation of VVestern Pennsylvania the Faithful were ministered to by the French military Chaplain at Fort Duquesne. This, however, was only temporary, and with the fall of the French power in the valley of the Ohio and the triumph of the English all was changed. The few Catholics who may have been found among the English sol- diers, the early traders or the pioneers, had no opportunity of assisting at the services of their religion or partaking of its spiritual privileges, if indeed they had been disposed to do so; for, like the vast majority of their class, the teachings and practices of religion generally made but a feeble impression 011 most of them. After the withdrawal of the French no Catholic clergyman is known to have visited the forks of the Ohio before the year 1781, when, and during subsequent years, missionaries on their way to Kentucky or the Illinois country were accustomed to stop for a longer or shorter time await- ing a rise in the river or the preparation of craft to carry them to their destination. Brownsville and Pittsburg were the places of embarkation, as Limestone, now Maysville, Ken- tucky, and the mouth of the Wabash, were of debarkation, for those who came over the mountains from Baltimore or Phila- ‘This sketch was written to form one of the chapters of a secular history of Pittsburg, but the work grew too large to insert it in itsentirety ; wherefore the history Of the Church had to be treated more briefly. This will account for certain expres- sions that are more appropriate in asecnlar than in a religious history. During the occupation of the site of Pittsburg by the French-from April, 1754, to N0Vember, 1758-the soldiers and others, being principally Catholics, were ministered 10 by a resident chaplain, the Recollect Father, Denis Baron. 393