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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Chaplain Matthew O'Keefe of Mahone's Brigade. (search)
uilt the finest church edifice south of Baltimore. He had been a priest of the Catholic Church for fifty-four years, and was one of the most widely known clergymen of the archdiocese. He was a ready debater and a quick, clear thinker. He was educated at St. John's College, at Waterford, Ireland, where, after his graduation, he served three years as professor of theology and philosophy. In his native town, when he was in the twenty-fourth year of his age, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Foran. Several months afterward he came to Baltimore and was assigned to Frostburg, being the first pastor of that parish. He was there only a short time, and although his work promised rich results, he was recalled and sent to assist in the Diocese of Richmond, then under Bishop John McGill. He was placed in charge of the work at Norfolk, where he remained for thirty-five years. In 1855 the yellow fever broke out in Norfolk and Portsmouth, just across the river. It was during this plagu