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    Finding out a priests history?????

    Hello all,

    I have 6 Priests that I would love to know more about or even what churches they seved at.

    All 6 of them are decaesed and also my family.

    1.Rev John Joseph Whelan (1864-1946). Reached his Golden Sacerdotal (1894-1944) the souvenir card reads that it was at Carmel of the Trinity San Diego, California on June 7th. He passed away in Texas from what I know (Either Santa Rosa or San Augustine).

    2.Rev Patrick Whelan (1864-1929). He passed away 4th Jul 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

    3.Rev Peter Paul Whelan (1874-1938). He married Elizabeth Louise Le Guillou. He passed away 28th Oct 1938 in New York.

    4.Rev Francis Xavier Whelan (1865-1913). He passed away in 1913 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    5.Rev William Bernard Whelan (1868-1901). He passed away on 1 Oct 1901 in Ottawa, Canada.

    6.Rev Henry Le Guillou (Sometimes down as LeGuillou). (1870-1948). He was the brother-in-law to Rev Peter Paul Whelan. I know he served at Our Lady Guadalupe Church in Santa Fe in October 1937 through Google searches and also from July, 1908 until January, 1914 he seved at St. Francis Xavier Church Lincoln, Wisconsin. He passed away in 1948 and was buried in Rosario Cemetery Santa Fe County, New Mexico.

    I am most interested in the Whelan brothers but Henry is also important to me.
    Any help with how I can find out more about their lives during Priesthood wood be very much appreciated.

    Danny

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    Have you tried contacting the churches involved? Or the archdioceses? Checked Santa Fe obits? I would think a priest would have a fairly extensive one, especially if he died in Santa Fe. Dunno if they would leave a will/probate record?

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    The problem is I dont know which churches that any of the Whelan brothers served at.
    I will see if its possible to locate any obits for any of them.
    Is there a main place where if you became a priest they would have a record of the career within the church???

    Danny

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    Try Chronicling America - Congress Newspaper Archives (free)
    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

    I did a sample search on Francis Xavier Whelan and found this (if the link works). Not sure if it him as the dob seems different, but it does show that it a worthwhile source to investigate.
    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lc...rRange&index=0

    Possibly one of them even recommends a nerve tonic.
    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lc...rRange&index=0
    Last edited by keldon; 14-10-11 at 19:35.
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    (Obviously) I don't know anything about tracing a priest's record within the church, but I do understand census records, BMD, etc.

    Have you tried contacting the Catholic diocese in San Diego about John Joseph?

    Have you tracked them thru the census records? I think that's a good starting place. Once you know where they are, you can check local papers & directories for info. These were all Catholic priests (despite the marriage)?

    Familysearch seems to have only one hit for the men you have listed:
    W Whelan
    died 8 Oct 1901
    Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario
    Male
    33
    1868

    yr 1901 cn 7634
    film 1854089

    Do you have that record? - not just the index, but the actual death registration/certificate?
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    Roman Catholic priests do their main training at a seminary and so you may need to find a seminary where they might have trained to obtain further information. However, this can also be a tricky one as some RC train to become priests abroad and in the UK they might have trained in Rome, Douai in France or Valladolid in Spain.

    I note yours are in the USA and have no idea where they might have been trained.

    Questions you need to have answers to before further research.

    Were these priests RC or other denominations? Need to establish religion before further research.
    One getting married does not sound like an RC priest!! Yet the churches sound catholic??

    Janet

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    I was under the impression that RC priests are titled Father, not Reverend? Am I wrong?

    OC

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    RC priest are known as Father when talking to them, but in an official category or when writing to one then they are usually addressed as Reverend ...... or sometimes Reverend Father .....

    "Priests" in churches are more often likely to be RC, unless very high church, otherwise they are vicars/pastors etc but not very sure of America so we need some further information to be able to help.

    Could they be people from the LDS/Mormon church and I have no idea what they are called?

    I have just googled Golden Sacerdotal and it appears to be a "Catholic" religion from Assyria.

    Wednesday, October 24, 2007

    Golden Sacerdotal Jubilee - 31st Anniversary of Patriachal Consecration



    "Every year, the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, throughout the world, celebrates the 17th of October as the anniversary of the consecration of His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV to the surpreme office of the Universal Church. With hearts full of intense admiration and love for His Holiness, the faithful of Mar Yosip Parish, along with Mar Narsai Parish of Assyrian Church of the East in the bay area, joined in faith and fellowship to honor and celebrate this special day with His Holiness.

    Around 700 people were gathered at DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, on October 20th, 2007 for a special evening to beseech the Lord Jesus Christ to strengthen His Holiness Mar Dinkha in leading the Holy Church and praising the Lord for blessing the Assyrian Church of the East with a holy and righteous leader."

    So it looks as though you need to find out more about the Assyrian church and where they train their priests to obtain further help.

    An e mail to the following website might help you further as it is a USA site:

    http://www.cnewa.org/default.aspx?ID...de=US&pageno=1

    There are some links to the RC church according to the article.

    Janet.
    Last edited by Janet; 15-10-11 at 12:44.

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    Try and find the RC Diocesan archivist - usually at Archbishop's residence/offices who should be able to help with a priest that had served in their area.



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    The Assyrian church is not Roman Catholic, it is Greek Orthodox and that would explain the marriage - Greek Orthodox priests can marry.


    (I should have known all this immediately I read the opening post because my ex converted to the Greek Orthodox church, lol)

    OC

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