Brother Augustine Maxwell, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1881-1944)

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Born October 8, 1881 in Saugerties, New York, he was the son of John Maxwell and Mary Healey. Augustine was his baptismal name. He entered the army after graduating from high school and served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. He was corporal of the rear guard in charge of the custody of Emilio Aguinaldo, the captured Filipino leader. In 1906 he decided to enter the Passionists and professed his vows on April 7, 1907 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and worked there during the typhoid epidemic. He spent five years in Argentina with Father Fidelis Kent Stone who was his novice master. Father Stone was pro-provincial of the South American missions. In 1916 Brother Maxwell returned to the United States once the Argentine province had been declared a separate province under the jurisdiction of native superiors. He was a cook, infirmarian, and tailor. He was an original member of the Passionist community in West Springfield, Massachusetts. In his later years he suffered from diabetes. He also spent twelve years at Holy Cross Seminary, Dunkirk, New York. He died in Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts after a short illness resulting from a heart attack.