Father George Hack, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1883-1952)

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Born Philip Hack in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 15, 1883, he was the son of Ferdinand Hack and Anna Plappert. He attended St. Wendelin’s Parish school and then entered the Passionist Preparatory Seminary in Dunkirk, New York. On January 16, 1900 he professed his vows and received the name George. He prepared for priesthood in Louisville, Kentucky, Baltimore, Maryland, Normandy, Missouri and Cincinnati, Ohio. On June 13, 1908 he was ordained a priest in West Hoboken, New Jersey. After Sacred Eloquence he began his ministry as a preacher. Father Hack was a parish priest and pastor of St. Michael’s Monastery, Pittsburgh. He was Retreat Director and founder of St. Gabriel’s Retreat League in Brighton, Massachusetts. Father Hack served on the staff of the Passionist Sign Magazine for seventeen years. In this capacity he went out to various parishes to seek new subscriptions. He then resided in Pittsburgh and Baltimore. He died a short time after being transferred to St. Francis Convalescent Home in Denville, New Jersey.