Bishop William Quarter Diary Part III: August 1844 to December 3, 1844

August 1844

August 5th #8

* Here the handwriting changes again and seems to be Quarter’s brother who may be making the entries in this diary.

The bishop conferred the tonsure, minor orders, & subdeaconship on Misters John Brady & John Ingoldsby.  Had a visit from Rev. Ed Lourin, of Philadelphia. Bishop delivered [missing word but might be “talk”] in this Cathedral on Sunday afternoon. His subject was “The Christian Church.” 

August 8th 

* Another change in handwriting and seems to be that of Bishop Quarter

Set out in company of Rev. Walter J. Quarter for Galena.  Arrived about 12 ½ a.m. Saturday morning.  Rev. Mr. Ostlangenberg just beginning Mass. After Mass saw Rev. Mr. Petiot. Preached on Sunday at 10 o’clock [p.17] and in the afternoon at early candle light.

August 11th  

On Monday morning at 9 o’clock administered the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Church of Galena, (it was the first time the bishop administered this sacrament) to about 42 persons. Some were converts to the Catholic faith. 

August 12th   

On Tuesday morning the bishop and his brother set out for Chicago. Arrived Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock. 

August 17th 

On Saturday morning at 7 o’clock Mass (the bishop officiating pontifically) conferred the tonsure, minor orders, & subdeaconship on Mr. Thomas) O’Donnell & conferred at the same time the deaconship on Rev. Misters John Brady & John Ingoldsby. 

August 18th 

On Sunday morning (the feast of St. Joachim) the Bishop officiating pontifically at 6 ½ o’clock Mass conferred the order of deacon on Rev. Thomas O’Donnell and at the same Mass, raised to the dignity of the priesthood Rev. Misters John Brady & John Ingoldsby. 

This morning Mary Donohue arrived from New York. She is to assist the housekeeper. 

August 22nd 

Octave of the Assumption of the B.V.M. On this day ordained Rev. Thomas O’Donnell priest. Rev. John Ingoldsby left for Joliet where he is appointed pastor of the Catholic Congregation [this looks like entry added later and the handwriting is different than what precedes and follows] 

August 23rd 

Rev. Maurice de St. Palais took his departure from Chicago for the Diocese of Vincennes 

August 24th 

Today Rev. Mr. Fisher took his final leave of this diocese returning to his own of Vincennes.  This evening Rev. Mr. Ostlangenberg arrived from Galena to take charge of the German Congregation. 

[p. 18] 

August 27th 

* handwriting seems to be different again and may be that of the bishop 

Today Rev. John Brady set out for Galena where he is to officiate as assistant pastor to the Rev. Mr. Petiot. The Bishop spent this day in Milwaukee & returned to Chicago on the 29th

August 29th 

Today Rev. Thomas O’Donnell left for Ottawa being appointed pastor of the Catholic congregation of that place. 

August 31st 

Rev. Misters Walter J. Quarter & P. McMahan left for Little Fort, where the former proposes erecting a Church. 

September 1844 

September 15th 

Had a visit from the German priest, which has been for some time officiating in Utica, New York. Rev. Mr. Ainarna. 

October 1844 

October 6th 

The bishop gave confirmation in the Cathedral at Chicago. About 175 persons confirmed. 


#8 + In August 1844, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday were the 11th, 12th and 13th NOT Monday (11th) and Tuesday (12th) as Quarter has in his diary. 

+ The first German parish in Chicago was St. Peter in 1846. Eventually Father Ostlangenberg would serve as pastor of St. Peter in the 1850’s. See: Koenig, 768-769. 

+ Father John Ingoldsby would serve as pastor of St. Patrick, the oldest Catholic Church in the city, from 1844-1850. For further information on Father Ingoldsby’s service in Joliet and subsequent priestly ministry, see: Norman G. Werling, O. Carm., The First Catholic Church in Joliet, Illinois, 2nd ed. (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1987), 63-68. 

+ Little Fort was a former French trading post and settlement for the Potawatomie tribe. In 1849, the name was changed to Waukegan. See: 

Little Fort, IL

October 8th 

He set out in company with his brother Rev. Walter J. Quarter on the visitation of the diocese. Reached Joliett that night. Rev. Thomas O’Donnell of Ottawa was with them from Chicago. Stopped at the hotel.  Rev. Mr. Ingoldsby had left in the afternoon on a mission to Aurora.  Rev. W[alter]. J. Q[uarter]. & Rev. Th[omas] O’D[onnell] and the Bishop started the following morning for Ottawa. #9 

October 9th 

Reached there about 7 p.m. and remained for the night at the Fox River Hotel where Rev. T[homas] O’D[onnell] boards. Started on the next day for LaSalle. 

October 10th 

Met on the way Rev. Mr. Montouri, who returned with them & entertained them the remainder of that day & that night. 

#9 + Aurora is approximately 40 miles west of Chicago. 

Bishop Maurice de St. Palais

October 11th 

Following day we went aboard of the steamer Panama and sailed down the Illinois River as far as [p. 19] Erie where they went ashore, and having their own horses & waggon (sic)  travelled (sic) as far as Mt. Sterling where they remained Saturday night. #10

October 13th 

On Sunday morning they both said Mass at the house of a widow woman (Mrs. Foley). 4 or 5 went to communion, and after breakfast on Sunday morning they set out for Quincy which place they reached same day at 2 ½ o’clock. 

October 14th 

The bishop preached on Monday evening in the Catholic Church under the charge of Rev. Mr. Brickwedde. 

October 15th 

On Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock gave confirmation in the ch[urch] of Rev. Mr. Brickwedde (German) to about 10 persons. Left same day & reached Versailles aboard Indiana (?). Stopped at the house of a Mr. McCormick (cooper) and started next morning for Meredosia. 

October 16th 

Remained there until about 4 p.m. Went aboard of the steamer Lexington which got aground on the bar near Beardstown. Remained there until Friday morning where they got off the boat in a flatboat. 

October 18th 

Drove to Beardstown. A snow storm commenced. After dinner left for Virginia (?). Remained over night. 

October 19th 

Left next morning Saturday for Springfield. 

October 20th 

On Sunday the Bishop preached at 10 & again at Vespers & gave confirmation to about 10 persons. Left Springfield on Monday. 

October 23rd to 26th 

Reached LaSalle on Wednesday evening. Gave confirmations there next morning to about 15. Left same day for Ottawa. Gave confirmations on Friday morning to some 10 or 12. Left for Joliett (sic) & reached Chicago about 3 p.m. on Saturday. 

[p. 20] November 1844 

November 3rd 

Had a visit from a German priest of the name of Kramer, who was making his way to New York, being invited there by the Very Rev. John Raffiner 

November 1st 

On All Saints day, formed a society among the children of the congregation having for its object their religious instruction. The Rev. Jer[emiah] Kinsella is the guardian of the society. 

November 21st 

On feast of remembrance of B.V.M. arrived Mr. John Faughnan from New York [handwriting seems to change again with the following sentence]. Arrived Mr. Lawrence Hoey (seminarian) from Williamsburg, L[ong] I[sland] near New York. In the beginning of this month the spire of the steeple was elevated on the base. The steeple erected this month also. The first & only spire, as great, in the city of Chicago. 

#10 + The distance from LaSalle (IL) to Mt. Sterling (IL) is 157 miles. It is located in the western part of Illinois. 

+ Mt. Sterling to Quincy is 39 miles. 

+ Father Augustine Brickwedde, native of Germany, was the first resident pastor of Quincy (IL). He was appointed by Bishop Rosati in 1837. For further information on Brickwedde, see: Joseph J. Thompson, ed., Diocese of Springfield in Illinois: Diamond Jubilee History (Springfield, IL: Hartman Printing Co., 1928), 133-135. 

+ Quincy to Versailles (IL) is 49 miles, and Versailles to Meredosia (IL) is 8 miles. 

+ Beardstown (IL) is 46 miles northwest of Springfield (IL). 

+ This second pastoral visit of the diocese concentrated on central (Springfield) and western Illinois (Quincy). This was a part of the state where a number of German immigrants had settled. 

November 29th 

The Rev. Bernard McGorisk left today for Little Fort [Waukegan], probably to remain there as pastor. Rev. Jer[emiah] Kinsella took charge of the college. Feast of St. Lawrence. #11 

November 30th 

Conferred the minor orders & subdeaconship on Mr. John Faughnan & on the 1st December [handwriting seems to change again] the same gentleman received the Holy Order of Deacon. 

#11 + Father Kinsella would serve as the president of the University of St. Mary of the Lake until 1855 when Bishop Anthony O’Regan (third Bishop of Chicago) requested his resignation, along with three other faculty members. In his will, Bishop Quarter had left property to the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Both Bishop Van de Velde, Quarter’s successor, and Bishop O’Regan, opposed how the property was to be disposed. Father Kinsella and the three other priests, Fathers William Clowry, John Breen, and Lawrence Hoey, left the Diocese of Chicago for the East. Father Kinsella would serve as pastor of St. Raymond Church in New York City until his death in 1875. See: Koenig, History of Parishes, I, 4. 

+ Father McGorisk did not become the pastor of Immaculate Conception in Waukegan until late in 1845. See: Koenig, II, 1594. 

December 1844 

December 3rd 

and on the feast of St. Francis Xavier, he was raised to the dignity of the Priesthood in the Cathedral of St. Mary Chicago by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Quarter.  Mr. Faughnan is appointed to assist for the present the Rev. P[atrick] McMahan on his mission in Donelly’s settlement; both Rev. Mr. McM[ahan] & Rev. Mr. Faughnan [p. 21] leave for their mission tomorrow the — 5th.  Rev. Mr. McM[ahan] is now convalesced being sick with bilious & intermittent fever & absent from his mission since the beginning of last October. #12 

#12 + For information on St. Patrick parish in Hartland (Donnelly’s Settlement, IL) see: Cornelius J. Kirkfleet, O. Praem., A History of the Parishes of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois (Chicago: John Anderson Publishing Company, 1924), 310-312. Hartland is 67 miles northwest of Chicago. 

+ For a short history of the University of St. Mary of the Lake see: Harry C. Koenig, Caritas Urget Nos: A History of the Offices, Agencies, and Institutions of the Archdiocese of Chicago (Chicago: The New World Publishing Company, 1981), v. 1, 315-332. 

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