Father Anselm Moyle, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1880-1943)

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Born John Moyle on January 17, 1880 in Cambrone, England, he grew up Anglican. When he was nine his father died and his mother brought him and his sister to Calumet, Michigan. His mother died and he was cared for by his aunt.- a staunch Anglican. The Anglican priest at the time in Calumet was Father Paul Francis Anthony who was the founder, later on, of the Society of the Atonement, Graymoor, New York. Some time later, after many discussions with Father Paul, John Moyle became interested in the Franciscan Friary near his home. There Brother Benno Lamphery took an interest in him and asked him to reflect on the Catholic religion. This led to John Moyle entering the Roman Catholic Church. This led to him eventually entering the priesthood. John Moyle was baptized in 1902 at the Franciscan Church, Detroit, Michigan by Father Jules, O.S.F. Through a friend at Holy Angels Apostolic School, Buffalo, New York he became interested in the Passionists. Father Fidelis Kent Stone was provincial at the time John Moyle applied to the Passionist. Stone sent Moyle to the novitiate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was professed on July 14, 1907 and after study at various monasteries was ordained on December 21, 1912 in West Hoboken, New Jersey. He was a professor of philosophy and theology for over twenty years. He was superior at Holy Cross, Dunkirk, New York, a provincial consultor, and rector of St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1938 he was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage and for five years he was an invalid. He died at Dunkirk, New York.