Fire Department Chaplain Promoted

Issue 24 and Volume 79.

Fire Department Chaplain Promoted For the first time in the history of any New York Municipal Department, New York, a Chaplain upon being promoted from the rank of Curate to Pastor, has been allowed to retain his Chaplaincy. This rare distinction has been conferred upon the Rev. Patrick F. O’Connor, one of the Catholic chaplains of the New York Fire Department, ranking as Battalion Chief, with a salary of $1,800 a year. Father O’Connor has just been signally honored by Cardinal Hayes who, while elevating him to a pastorate, has deviated from the hitherto set rule and has allowed him to remain in his fire department post. This was done out of appreciation of the splendid work Father O’Connor has been doing among the firemen and also as a personal tribute to the priest. Although long since eligible for promotion, Father O’Connor nevertheless told his Diocesan superiors that he would…

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