Father Herbert McDevitt, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1881-1957)

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Born January 4, 1881 in Brooklyn, New York he had an early education in Catholic schools. In 1897 he entered the Passionist novitiate in Pittsburgh. On December 30, 1898 he professed his Passionist vows, He was ordained on June 30, 1906 at the Scranton, Pennsylvania Cathedral. However, two years before ordination he came down with tuberculosis and he never was able to completely recover his strength. In 1912 he was appointed the Provincial Secretary. In 1914 he was elected Rector of St. Mary’s Monastery, Dunkirk, New York. From 1917 to 1923 he returned to his position as Province Secretary. When Father McDevitt left that position in order to turn the responsibility to a younger person he began his assignment as Director of the Chinese Mission Bureau. In effect he was the first Mission Procurator. He was also instrumental in the first founding of the Confraternity of the Passion at St. Michael’s Monastery Parish, Union City, New Jersey. He also was Chronicler for St. Michael’s Monastery and maintained the Benefactor’s Society. In effect he became a collector for anyone who needed assistance at St. Michael’s. He also authored a life of St. Vincent Mary Strambi, and wrote two books on the Passion. As Rector at St. Michael’s he organized a fine library on the Sacred Passion. He was a regular confessor in the monastery church. He died in October 1957 after a sustained illness.