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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 17., The Roman Catholic Church in Medford. (search)
both parishes until 1883, when Medford became a separate parish, with its own pastor. The Rev. Richard Donnelly was sent as the first rector. Father Gleeson had greatly endeared himself to the Medfre 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 witst have followed his very remarkable career. He remained but a few months in Medford after Father Donnelly's death, and then was sent as an assistant to St. Joseph's Church in the West End of Boston, and he spoke from the altar most feelingly of his admiration for the saintly character of Father Donnelly, of the privilege it had been to be associated with him, and also most appreciatingly of thed from both Catholics and Protestants during the short term of his ministry in Medford. Father Donnelly was succeeded by the Rev. Michael Gilligan, who labored most earnestly among us for fourtee