Biography of Rev. James W. Quigley, D.D.



REV. JAMES E. QUIGLEY, D. D., rector of St. Bridget's church, of Buffalo, appointed Bishop to succeed the late Rt. Rev. Stephen Vincent Ryan, was born at Ottawa, Ont., on October 15, 1855. In the year 1858 the family removed to Lima, Livingston county, N. Y., and there in the public and parochial schools the boy received the rudiments of his education. He early evinced a natural aptitude for the rapid acquirement of knowledge and in 1868 entered St. Joseph's College in Buffalo, from which institution he graduated in 1872. Before the latter date he had decided upon the priesthood as his life work and accordingly entered the Seminary of Our Lady of Angels at Suspension Bridge and began a course of theological study. As a boy he had served at the altar of the cathedral and became personally known to Bishop Ryan. In the seminary he made rapid progress and showed the possession of such excellent natural qualifications for his future work that he was sent by the Bishop to the great University at Innspruch, Austria. He continued his studies there in the theological department one year when, in November, 1875, he entered the theological college of the Propaganda in Rome. From that institution he graduated in the spring of 1879, with the degree of Doctor of Theology. On the 13th of April, 1879, he was ordained to the priesthood in the church of St. John Lateran, by Cardinal La Valette, then Cardinal Vicar of Rome.

Returning to Buffalo Bishop Quigley was assigned to the parish of Attica, Wyoming county. His work in that parish was most zealous and successful. He raised funds and built a new church and a parish house, and awakened the people to great activity. Dr. Quigley left Attica in 1884 and became rector of the Cathedral in Buffalo where he continued until January 17, 1896, when at his own request he was transferred to the irremovable rectorship of St. Bridget's church, Buffalo. On the 24th of February, 1897, he was appointed Bishop and was consecrated and installed in the high office by Archbishop Corrigan with unusually impressive ceremonies.

Bishop Quigley is now numbered among the foremost dignitaries of the Catholic church. He is richly endowed with theological education which he is eminently fitted to transmit to others. He is interested heart and soul in the advancement of the church and his personal graces and lofty conception of his mission enable him to fill the high station to which he has been called in a manner that meets the warm approbation of the entire diocese.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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