Father Mark Hoskins, C.P., Holy Cross Province (1899-1980)

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Born James Hoskins on February 21, 1899 at St. Lawrence, Davies County, Kentucky. His mother died when he was a child and his only sister died as a young girl. In 1911 Father Mark Moeslein, C.P. preached a mission at St. Lawrence which greatly influenced the boy and he entered the Passionists at Cincinnati, Ohio and later he went to Louisville, Kentucky. He professed his vows on July 22, 1916 in Louisville and was given the name Mark. He was ordained on December 22, 1923 in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1925 he began his long apostolic career conducting many missions, Sister’s retreats, nurses’ retreats, high school retreats, novenas and Forty Hours. In his later years he was chaplain at Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was also acting chaplain at Mercy Hospital, Davenport, Iowa, chaplain of the Carmelite Sisters at the Haven of Our Lady of Peace, Pensacola, Florida, the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Minneapolis, Minnesota, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Monett, Missouri and St. Benedict Home, Niles, Illinois. Many girls that he counseled became religious. Over 128 entered religious life. He died in Chicago in the retirement community at Daneo Hall.