Biography of Rev. William J. McNab
Orleans County, NY Biographies





McNab, Rev. William J., was born in New York, February 18, 1844. He received his classical education at St. Francis Xavier College (Jesuit) in New York and his theological education in Montreal and Niagara University. He was ordained a priest January 20, 1867. He then took the position of first assistant in the Cathedral at Buffalo and was subsequently pastor at Java Center. He then became secretary to Bishop Ryan and with the Bishop went to Rome to the Vatican council held in 1869. He remained in Rome till May, 1870, when he returned to America and was appointed pastor at Hornellsville, N. Y., where he remained until August, 1873, when he came to Medina where he has since officiated. During his incumbency the Catholic church in Medina has prospered greatly, and now embraces about 350 families, numbering 1400 souls. Of these seventy families are Poles. The cemetery has been beautffied and the parochial residence built by Father McNab. The residence was built under his own supervision and was completed in 1887. Father McNab is a member of the Board of Education of Medina and has been since 1884, when all the schools came under the management of the Board, and are, it is pleasing to record, all working harmoniously and without any sacrifice of principle on either side. Father McNab is a genial, attractive man, very popular with the public and much beloved by his people.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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