Born Edward F. McArdle on August 24, 1911 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Peter and Margaret Flahery McArdle. From 1918 until 1926 he attended St. Mary of the Mount School. He then went to Holy Cross Seminary, Dunkirk, New York and in 1931 went on to the Passionist novitiate. He professed his vows on August 15, 1932. His religious name was Cornelius. He was ordained on April 28, 1939 by Bishop Duffy of Buffalo, New York at St. Mary’s Monastery, Dunkirk. He was a preacher, military chaplain and vice-rector of the monastery, Pittsburgh from 1947 until 1950. He was rector of Pittsburgh from 1950 until 1953, rector of Jamaica, New York from 1953 until 1956 and retreat director at Pittsburgh from 1956 until 1962. He was an excellent speaker. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
August 24, 1911
August 15, 1932
April 28, 1939
August 10, 1962
Cornelius of Our Lady of the Eucharist McArdle