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Early Rochester (pre-DOR)

February 16th, 2011, Promulgated by benanderson

I recently bought a 3 volume set “The Life and Letters of Bishop McQuaid: Prefaced with the history of Catholic Rochester before his episcopate“.  I’m sure there will be much to learn (and share) as I work my way through it (slowly, slowly, slowly).  In just the first few pages, I found this most interesting (this is before the DOR existed):

This vast region was all comprised in the Albany district.  … Thus early settlers in Rochester and its vicinity had to cover three hundred miles, generally on foot, or at best on any available conveyances, in order to hear Mass, to go to confession and communion, to have a child baptized, or to receive other sacraments.  A pioneer Catholic, Felix McGuire, who often made the laborious journey over the wild and dangerous road through the woods, requested the priest stationed at Albany to come to Rochester once a year, or at least once in two or three years, to visit the dispersed sheep of Christ’s flock there.  …  At times a vacancy at Albany even compelled Catholics to push on to New York for spiritual ministration.  The Klems of Rochester and the Kernans of Steuben County are said to have submitted to such hardships of pioneer life in order to have a child baptized.  [p4]

NOTE: The text doesn’t mention anything about the people complaining to have women or married men ordained to make the Church more sustainable in this frontier world.

I can hear the conversation now, “You’re pregnant, honey?  Well shoot, we better start walking now so we can make it to NYC by the time Junior is 3 months.”