Father Chrysostom Driscoll, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1901-1950)

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Born Robert Driscoll on January 24, 1901 in Malden, Massachusetts, he attended Immaculate Conception grade school and Malden High School. Before completing high school he went to the Wentworth Institute to study electricity. After graduation he worked for a short time at laboratories at Harvard University where scientists gathered the gases thrown off by radium and used them for the treatment of cancer. He then went back to Boston College and took up studies that would prepare him for the priesthood. In the late summer of 1922 he went to Holy Cross Passionist Seminary, Dunkirk, New York and after several months he went to the novitiate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he professed his vows on November 9, 1923. The following year he developed a serious infection after surgery in Baltimore which plagued him for the rest of his life. He was ordained on March 15, 1930 at Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica, New York. After a year of sacred eloquence he served as a parish priest at Immaculate Conception Monastery Parish, Jamaica. But his pace might have been too intense because he suffered a heart attack. After a year and a half of rest at the monastery in Baltimore, Maryland he returned to ministry at St. Gabriel’s Parish, Brighton, Massachusetts where he worked until bad health forced him to stop.