Biographical, Genealogical and Descriptive History of the State of New Jersey

Biographical, Genealogical and Descriptive History of the State of New Jersey

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: was that the young priest first publicly exercised the functions of the sacred ministry with which he had so recently been invested. His attentions to the sick and dying were unceasing, and on his arrival at New York he volunteered, with remarkable heroism, to remain in the pest ship until every vestige of the dreaded disease had disappeared. For two weks he faithfully kept his post, consoling the dying and closing the eyes of the dead until the self-imposed task was fully performed. On arriving at Newark Bishop Bayley attached him to the Cathedral, where for four years he gave edification as a pious. zealous and faithful priest His zeal never flagged, and his devotion to the sick and afiiicted never wearied, for the lesson he learned in the plague ship was never afterward forgotten. In 1869 Father Wigger was appointed to the church in Madison, whose pastorate had been left vacant by the death of the talented and popular Father D'Arcy. At the time when St. John's Church in Orange was in its worst phase of financial embarrassment. Bishop Corrigan looked about him for a priest who, by prudence, piety, zeal a11d administrative ability, might be in every way fitted to inspire confidence in the people and retrieve the fortunes of the overburdened church. Dr. VVigger was his choice. and without hesitation the present Bishop of Newark obeyed the voice of his superior and gave up his comparatively easy mission for the discouraging and almost despaired-of charge of St. John's. In less than six months he paid off eleven thousand dollars of the debt, but, believing the task to be a hopeless 011e, he asked to be relieved, and was made pastor of Summit, in February, 1874. _ In June, 1876, Dr. VVigger was again transferred to Madison, where more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236977564
  • 9781236977564