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HEALY, James Augustine, R. C. bishop, born near Macon, Georgia, in 1830. At all early age he came to the northern states and studied in Quaker schools in Long Island and New Jersey. He afterward became a student in Holy Cross college, Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was graduated in 1849. He began his theological studies in the Sulpitian seminary of Montreal, and completed them in that of Paris. After his ordination he began missionary work in the diocese of Boston. He was afterward appointed chancellor of the diocese and secretary to the bishop, and was stationed at the cathedral, he next held the post of pastor of St. James's church, Boston. where he remained nine years. He was consecrated bishop of Portland, 2 June, 1875. From 1875 till 1884 over thirty new churches were built in his diocese, and the number of the clergy increased from fifty-two to eighty-nine. There has been a large immigration of French Canadians into his diocese, for whose wants he obtained French priests. He has founded various convents. In 1884 his diocese was divided, the state of New Hampshire being erected into the see of Manchester, while that of Maine continued to constitute the see of Portland.
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