separate parish, with its own pastor.
The Rev. Richard Donnelly was sent as the first rector.
Father Gleeson had greatly endeared himself to the Medford congregation, and deep was the sorrow that was felt when he bade them good-bye.
There was not a dry eye in the church, strong men as well as the women weeping with regret.
Father Donnelly succeeded well in his ministrations; his gentle and kindly ways were appreciated by all with whom he came in contact.
He bought the residence of Mr. John Ayres (standing on the same site as the present rectory) for the priests' house.
But unfortunately his health was delicate, and in 1886 he was called to his reward, most deeply lamented.
A year or so before he died, as his health began to fail most seriously, Archbishop Williams sent an assistant priest to aid him. This priest was the Rev. William H. O'Connell, who had just completed his theological course and had been ordained in Rome.
Many of us can recall the presence of Father O'Conn