Father Charles Lang, C.P., Holy Cross Province (1839-1908)

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Born on September 13, 1839 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania he was the son of Nicolas and Mary Lang. He received an education at the Franciscan Brothers College in North Pittsburgh and after being involved in business decided to enter the Passionists. He and his twin brother Frederick both entered the Passionist novitiate in Pittsburgh. Charles Lang took his Passionist vows on May 11, 1858. He was ordained on September 7, 1862. Father Lang was a zealous missionary preacher especially to clergy and religious. At one point his name was submitted in nomination to be a United States bishop. In the Passionist Holy Cross Province he served nine times a Rector, four times a Provincial Consultor, and was the first provincial of the new Holy Cross Province when it came into being in 1906. At the same time he was elected as a General Consultor but declined the invitation to serve. He ended his term as provincial September 1908. He died two months later.