REV. FRANCIS LEHNER. Some men are instinctively drawn from their youth to lives of unselfishness and
freely devote their energies and talents without expectation of earthly reward, in behalf of others. Many of them
are born with the capacity for leadership and in important positions demonstrate their ability and their worth.
In this class should be named Rev. Francis Lehner, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic church, 702 Columbia street,
Utica. He is a native of New York state, born at Albany, August 2, 1858, a son of Stephen and Anna Lehner. The
parents were born in Germany and came to the United States about 1848, locating at Albany, where the father engaged
in the shoe business.
Francis Lehner attended the parochial school of his native city and then became a student at St. Bonaventure's
Lyceum at Terre Haute, Indiana, which is conducted by the Franciscan Fathers. After leaving the lyceum he entercd
the College of Our Lady of the Angels, at Niagara, New York, graduating from this noted institution in 1874. After
carrying his studies still further he was ordained to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic church in 1881 at Newark,
New Jersey, by Bishop M. A. Corrigan. His first assignment was at Terre Haute, Indiana. From this place he went
to Trenton, New Jersey, and to Hoboken, New Jersey, and then returned to Terre Haute where he officiated for seven
years. In 1905 he was placed in charge of St. Joseph's church at Utica, where he has ever since labored, his efforts
meeting with much more than the ordinary measure of success. Under his administration the church building has been
remodeled at an expense of forty five thousand dollars and a convent has been erected costing over half of that
amount, a beautiful organ of exquisite workmanship and sweetness and power of tone has also been installed in the
church through his efforts, involving a considerable outlay of thousands of dollars.
Father Lehner has the genuine interest of the true pastor in his work and the evidences of his faithful stewardship
are not confined to material things as is plainly apparent in the lives of his parishioners. He is beloved by all
who know him and it is a source of regret to his many friends and well wishers that his health has been undermined
by his protracted labors. The citizens of Utica irrespective of religious affiliation trust that he may long be
spared to the work for which by birth and education he is remarkably well adapted.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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