James P. Furlong, O.S.A.

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1849 – 1872 (September 28)

James Peter Furlong was born in County Wexford, Ireland, on March 1, 1849, to Patrick Furlong and Anastasia Gleeson. He entered the novitiate from Ireland in Ghent, Belgium, in 1867, and made his first profession there on November 25, 1868. He came to the United States as a professed cleric the following year, in broken health due to the unfavorable conditions of the cold, damp monastery of Saint Stephen in which he and his companions lived. He made his solemn profession of vows on November 26, 1871, and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Wood at Overbrook on February 29, 1872.

On June 28, 1872, Father Furlong was assigned to Saint Patrick’s in Cambridge, New York. He died there suddenly at the age of 23 on September 28, 1872. His body was brought to Philadelphia where he was buried at Olde Saint Augustine’s on October 3, 1872.