Born Joseph Connolly in Woburn, Massachusetts on August 24, 1898, he was the son of Patrick and Mary Harkins Connolly. At fourteen he entered the Passionist Preparatory Seminary at St. Joseph’s Monastery, Baltimore, Maryland. He professed his vows on August 13, 1917 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His religious name was Terence. Studies took place at St. Ann’s, Scranton, Pennsylvania and St. Michael’s, West Hoboken, New Jersey. He was ordained on October 28, 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He volunteered and was assigned to China in August 1924. He studied a year of language at Shenchow, Hunan and then was assigned to Yungshun, Hunan for two years alone in an isolated mission. In1927 he evacuated the area during the Northern Expedition. This is when his anxiety was paramount. He had to return to the United States and became a resident at the Seton Psychiatric Institute, Baltimore in 1930. He remained there until his death.
August 24, 1898
August 13, 1917
October 28, 1923
May 2, 1965
Terence of St. Paul of the Cross Connolly