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.

REV. P. R. DUCEY, resident priest of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Effingham, and the founder of that church, is a well known citizen of Effingham County. A native of the old Bay State, he was born in Lowell, Mass., on the 5th of May, 1863, and is the eldest son of Patrick and Mary (Ronan) Ducey.

            Our subject began his education in the public schools and took a preparatory course in the High School of his native city. Later, he was graduated from St. Bonaventura Seminary, where he was ordained as a Priest of the Catholic Church on the 18th of June, 1889. His first mission was in Springfield, Ill., where he went at once after his ordination, there serving as assistant to Vicar General T. Hickey. He spent three years in that city, during which time he served as President of the Catholic Union, as the spiritual director of the Catholic Order of Foresters, and as Director of the Sacred Heart Society. By his genial, kindly manner, and his ability and earnestness in the discharge of his duty, Father Ducey endeared himself to his associates, to the local clergy and to the people of his church. His Springfield friends further showed their appreciation for the rising young clergyman by presenting him with a very liberal contribution to the erection of the church in Effingham, over which he was to preside.

It was in 1892 that Rev. Father Ducey here located. By means of the liberal gift made him ere he left Springfield, a much more elaborate finish and ornamentation were made to the new church in this place than otherwise would have been possible. Father Ducey, while comparatively a young man, has developed superior ability in his holy calling, and by his earnest efforts in behalf of his church, and his genial cordial manner, has already won a strong hold on the hearts of his new congregation.

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. 315. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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