THE REV. FR. LAURENCE JAGO, O. P.
The Rev. Fr. Laurence Jago, O. P., assistant pastor at the monastery of the Order of the Dominican Fathers at Benicia
and one of California's best known clergymen of the Roman Catholic communion, is a native of this state, where
he has always resided save for a period spent in pastoral service at Portland, Oregon. Father Jago was born in
San Francisco, August 18, 1875, and his boyhood days were passed in San Quentin, Marin county, where his father
was a prison guard. As a youth he worked on cattle ranches in Sonoma county and became a skilled "cow puncher,"
a daredevil rider and a hunter of wild game. This experience in the open spaces gave him a facility as a marksman
that has brought him more than local celebrity, and he has for years been recognized as one of the "crack"
riflemen of California, being still an active participant in rifle tournaments, where his skill usually earns for
him some trophy of the contest. He also is widely known as a daring hunter of wild game, having captured wild cats
and other animals with his bare hands. A close and intelligent student of nature in her wilder moods, he has written
much of outdoor life, and his stories and sketches along this line have not only been widely published in the state
but have from time to time been broadcasted on the radio.
Father Jago left the ranch when he was twenty two years of age and came to Benicia as a theological student in
the monastery of the Dominican Fathers. Under that able and benign preceptorship he was prepared for the ministry
of the Roman Catholic church and on June 24, 1907, was ordained to the priesthood, not long afterward being stationed
as pastor of a parish at Lodi. His next charge was in a parish at St. Helena, and from there he was transferred
to Portland, Oregon. From that point he presently returned to California, going to Antioch, Contra Costa county,
where he remained for a number of years in a pastoral capacity. During that period of service he organized at Antioch,
in 1912, Laurence Council No. 26 of the Young Men's Institute, and he also organized there a branch of the Young
Ladies Institute (No. 101), both of which are flourishing. Father Jago was subsequently transferred to the monastery
of the Dominican Fathers at Benicia, the place in which he was so well trained for his priestly service, and he
has since been serving as assistant to the pastor there. He is actively interested in the general local affairs
in and about the city and is a popular and useful citizen of Solano county.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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