Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

THE CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART, of Effingham, the so-called English-speaking church of that city, was organized as a society on the 1st of January, 1892, under the direction of its present rector, the Rev. P. R. Ducey. The corner-stone of the elegant church edifice just completed by this society was laid June 23. 1892, and on the 26th of October following the church was duly dedicated by the Rt.-Rev. James Ryan, Bishop of Alton, assisted by many of the clergy of the diocese. The cost of the entire church property of this society, including the priest's home and the school, was about $15,000. The church structure is a handsome brick building, lighted by colored or cathedral windows, and is appropriately furnished and decorated, making a cheerful and attractive place of worship. It is heated by steam, has a seating capacity of five hundred, and the congregation comprises fifty-five families. The school is taught by Miss Mary Healy and numbers fifty-two scholars. A. J. Wortman and Thomas Leddy constitute the Board of Trustees, and the consulters are Frank Bannin, Thomas Smith, Samuel Campbell, John C. Eversman, Dennis O'Connell, George Hogan and Henry Fisher. The Board of Directors is composed of the following-named gentlemen: Emmett Bannin, Boniface Smith, Joseph Worman, Henry Habing, Reuben Speck and John Shea.

The church societies embrace the Altar Society, of which Mrs. Joseph Partride is President, and Mrs. Reuben Speck Secretary; the Holy Name Society, of which Albert Jakle is President, Daniel O'Connell Vice-President, and Daniel Gyan Secretary; and the Sodality Children of Mary, of which Miss Mary Liddy is President, and Mabel Campbell Vice-President.

The Rev. P. R. Ducey, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work, enjoys the honor of being the founder of this model church, to the establishing and building of which he brought a substantial donation from his warm personal friends among the influential members of the Springfield Church, to which he had previously been attached.

 

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 319. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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