1864 – 1900 (December 24)
James Edward Vaughan, son of James Vaughan and Anna Doherty, was born in London, England, on April 6, 1864 and was baptized eleven days later in the Church of St. Mary, St. John’s Wood, London. He immigrated to the United States with his family the following year and grew up in the Parish of Our Mother of Sorrows, in Philadelphia. James entered the novitiate at Villanova, Pennsylvania, on September 2, 1887, was professed on the same date in 1888 and was solemnly professed on September 3, 1891. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Patrick J. Ryan in Philadelphia’s Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul on June 11, 1892.
In 1893, Father Vaughan became the first associate at St. Denis Parish in Havertown, Pa., and later that year, until 1897, was assigned to Our Mother of Consolation Parish, Chestnut Hill. He was then transferred to Mechanicville and then to Schaghticoke, both in New York.
Father died in Philadelphia’s German Hospital, following an appendicitis operation, on Monday, December 24, 1900 at the age of 36. He was survived by both of his parents, who died, however, just a short time later, his mother on January 6, 1901, and his father on January 20, 1901.
Father Vaughan was buried at the Community Cemetery at Villanova on December 27, 1900.