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Father Ronald Murray, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1910-1987)

Born Joseph E. Murray in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on February 13, 1910 he was the son of William and Ellen Corbett Murray. After attending local schools he went to Holy Cross Seminary, Dunkirk, New York. on August 15, 1930 he professed after his novitiate at the Passionist monastery, West Springfield, Massachusetts. He was sent for studies...


Father Paul Francis Nager, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1907-1983)

Born Francis Nager on October 8, 1907 in Wheeling, West Virginia his parents were Anthony Nager and Anna Raynor. At twelve years old he heard Father Stephen Sweeney, C.P. at a parish mission. Later, Francis Nager went to Dunkirk, New York. He went to novitiate in West Springfield, Massachusetts and professed his vows on August...


Father Liberatus Bonelli, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1831-1893)

Born July 29, 1831 in Stallanello, Republic of Genova, Italy his name was Francisco Bonelli. At nineteen he entered the Passionist novitiate at Monte Argentaro, Italy. He professed his vows on May 6, 1851. After ordination on September 2, 1854 by Cardinal Patrizzi at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, on Christmas Day...


Father John Thomas Stephanini, C.P. (1835-1896)

While Fr. Stephanini died as a member of Presentation Province in Rome Italy, he contributed much as a member of St. Paul of the Cross Province in earlier years. He was born in Allimiere, within the diocese of Civita Veccia, in the Papal States on September 11, 1835 to Giuseppe Stephanini (Stefanini) and Teresa Tonti....


Father Gregory Flynn, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1910-1991)

Born December 8, 1910, he was professed on August 15, 1929 and ordained on May 30, 1936. For twelve years he was rector at St. Paul’s Monastery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Holy Family Monastery, West Hartford, Connecticut. In both places he oversaw expansion and construction. For nine years he was master of novices; for six years...


Father George Basel, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1852-1929)

Born June 2, 1852 in Trippstadt, Germany, at an early age his family moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He knew the first Passionists who arrived there in 1852 . He entered the Passionist novitiate in 1869 and professed his vows on May 15, 1870. He was ordained on September 22, 1877. He held the position of...