Service Category: Military Chaplains, WWI

Home / Military Chaplains, WWI

Father Thomas Dempsey, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1883-1936)

Born John Joseph Dempsey on March 8, 1883 in Brooklyn, New York, he was active in his local parish and decided to enter religious life. He made his profession of Passionist vows on February 17, 1903 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and after studies was ordained in Brooklyn on May 21, 1900. After ordination he was assistant...


Father Leonard Byrnes, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1876-1940)

Born William Byrnes on December 14, 1876, he grew up on the lower west side of New York City. He was educated at LaSalle Academy conducted by the Christian Brothers. He then entered the Passionists and professed his vows on February 20, 1898. His religious name was Leonard. He conducted his studies at Normandy, Missouri...


Father Isidore Smith, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1883-1973)

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 25, 1883, he professed his Passionist vows on May 8, 1900. The last three years of his student life were spent in Rome where he was ordained a priest on May 20, 1906. He served as a parish priest at St. Michael’s Parish, Southside, Pittsburgh which was his home...


Father Charles Gaskin, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1891-1951)

Born John Gaskin on July 28, 1891 in Newark, New Jersey, he was a member of St. James Parish. He heard Father James Molloy, C.P. preach and that motivated him to enter the Passionist Preparatory Seminary, Dunkirk, New York. He then went to the novitiate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and professed his vows on October 6,...


Father Alban Callagee, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1888-1942)

Born July 25, 1888, he professed his vows on March 7, 1905 and was ordained on December 21, 1912 by Bishop O’Connor of Newark, New Jersey. He was an assistant pastor at St. Michael’s Parish, West Hoboken, New Jersey and then went to Brighton, Massachusetts as a preacher of parish missions. He was a military...