San Jose Obrero was officially established as a mission center, affiliate parish of the Chulucanas, Peru, Cathedral. Mass was celebrated to mark the occasion by Augustinian Bishop John McNabb and Friars Richard Appicci and Frank Kelly.
Fr. Patrick Moriarty became a citizen of the United States on this date, making possible his return as a member of the Board at Villanova College. His earlier election to the Board in 1851 had been illegal because he was not yet a citizen.
This date marks, officially, the founding of the Order’s Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, in the United States, bringing to a significant high point the efforts of friars in North America over the previous 98 years.
Prior General Sebastiano Martinelli became the second Apostolic Delegate to the United States, and for the next six years his name appeared frequently in connection with Augustinian ceremonies and dedications throughout the American Province.
On this Sunday Archbishop Sebastiano Martinelli blessed a new bell for St. Thomas of Villanova Church on Villanova’s campus. The 2,000 pound bell was the gift of Mr. & Mrs. James Callanan of Rosemont and was hung in the east tower on August 14th.
Servant of God, Fr. John McKniff wrote on this date to Provincial Mortimer Sullivan in response to the latter’s letter seeking volunteers for China and the Philippines, and offering himself for either mission.