Fenwick, Benedict Joseph
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9/3/1782  - 8/11/1846
Benedict Joseph Fenwick was born in Maryland on September 3, 1782. Educated at Georgetown College, the present-day Georgetown University, Fenwick became a Jesuit and began his work as a parish priest in New York City in 1808. He twice served as president of Georgetown and also served as vicar-general of the Diocese of Charleston under Bishop John England. In 1825, Fenwick was consecrated bishop of Boston. As bishop, Fenwick founded a diocesan newspaper, the Jesuit, which was later renamed the Pilot, and established Boston College as well as the College of the Holy Cross. He also established parishes across New England. Moreover, he took a leading role in defending the Catholic Church following the destruction of the Ursuline convent in Charlestown, Massachusetts, at the hands of nativists in 1834. Fenwick died in Boston on August 11, 1846.
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Benedict Fenwick portrait- Internet Archive- from A History of the Catholic Church within the Limits of the United States by John Gilmary Shea
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Casey, T.F., 2003. Fenwick, Benedict Joseph. Detroit: Thomason/Gale; Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America.Notes: In New Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, 2nd ed.: 685.)
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William S. Cossen
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in History

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