Biography of Rev. M. J. Cooke
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Cooke, Rev. M. J., rector of St. Patrick's Church, Fall River, was born in Ulster county, Ireland. When eighteen years of age he came to this country to be educated for the preisthood, and was sent to the Sulpician Fathers' College and Seminary at Montreal. Completing the rigid courses of instruction with success, he was ordained to the ministry in that city, December 23, 1876. He acted as assistant in different places until 1884, when he took charge of his first pastorate at Harrisville, R. I., where he remained until November 1, 1890, at which date he came to Fall River to take charge of St. Patrick's Church. Father Cooke's congregation numbers about 6,000 souls. He has under his charge two assistants, and a parochial school employing a staff of six teachers and with an average attendance of 400 children. During his pastorate he has thoroughly completed the new church and has also built the Holy Name Hall for the young men of his congregation. The church has prospered greatly under his care and he has a host of warm friends throughout the city.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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