You are here:   Cambria > Books > Souvenir of Loretto Centenary
Souvenir of Loretto Centenary


back to the church. Although the route extended nearly a mile, and the pall-bearers were exchanged every few minutes, many had not been able to enjoy the coveted distinction by the time the procession had reached the church. The mass was sung by Father Heyden, assisted by Fathers McGirr, Lemke and Rattigan. Father Heyden preached a funeral sermon in English from the text: The just shall live in everlasting remembrance; and Father Lemke made some remarks in German, taking as his text: Of whom the world was not worthy: wandering in deserts, in mountains, and in dens, and in caves of the earth. The people were forced from the coffin and the lid closed. It was placed in one of zinc, and amid heartrending wails lowered into the earth, midway between the church and the chapel.
    In his will Father Gallitzin directed that his debts and funeral expenses should be paid as soon after his decease as possible. He left the farm upon which St. Michael's Church was built, and the lands belonging to it, to the Bishop of Philadelphia, or to his successors who might be appointed to the Western Diocese of Pennsylvania, and his successors, in trust forever for the support and use of the Roman Catholic clergy duly appointed to officiate at St. Michael's Church; also to the same a square of six lots in the town of Loretto, upon which to erect a new church. The remainder of his estate was to be appropriated for the relief of poor widows and orphans; for masses for the faithful departed; to aid in the erection of a Catholic church in Loretto upon the lots mentioned, and for legacies to several persons who had been brought up in his house.
    The little furniture his house was eagerly bought by his parishioners, who cherish with pride and affection, and transmit as a sacred inheritance to their children, the least thing that had once been his.
    It seems strange to us at this late day that his last wishes in some respects were so utterly disregarded. It was his desire that his mortal remains should be interred in the midst of those of his flock who had gone before him, but seven years after his demise they were lifted and moved to a

Previous page Cover Contents Image Next page

Last Updated: 30 Mar 2008
Copyright © 2000-2008, All Rights Reserved
Lynne Canterbury, Diann Olsen and contributors