Record of Priests


I had contacted the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center to inquire if they had any information on my great-uncle, Rev. Joseph A. McDonald. They responded very quickly and sent me copies of the documents they had in their archives (unfortunately no new pictures).

The first document is a record of his priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

I was interested to learn that Fr. Joseph went to Holy Trinity for elementary school. There is no longer a school by that name in Philadelphia, but there is a Holy Trinity Church. It is an old parish (the church was built in 1789) and it was intended to serve the German Catholic population.

Maybe when Fr. Joseph was a child Holy Trinity was his home parish and it had a school at the time. He and his family lived on South Street, about a half mile from the church.

Fr. Joseph also spoke a little German and Italian. More clues about him, more things to research.

The second page of his record is in the next post.


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