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. PAULUS TEROERDE, O. S. F., guardian of St. Francis' Convent and Rector of St. Francis' Church, of Teutopolis, was born in the village of Dingden, Province of Westphalia, Prussia, January 27, 1849. He began his education in his native city, and after his first communion he attended the gymnasium in Bocholt. Subsequently he pursued his studies in Munster and Coessfeld. At the age of twenty years he joined the Order of St. Francis. Having finished his novitiate in 1870, he removed to Wiedenbruck, and soon after to Dusseldrof, at which places he studied philosophy, and on the completion of his course in that science he returned to Paderborn, where he spent two years in theological study. At that time the Franciscans being expelled from Germany, the Reverend Father went to the seat of the Franco-Prussian War, which had just then broken out. During the early part of this war he followed the contending armies, bearing Christian succor to the sick and suffering and to the dying, but on account of sickness he was forced to relinquish this hazardous task.

In March, 1875, he was ordained to the priesthood at Cologne, and in July following emigrated to America in company with many fathers and students of his order. He repaired at once to the convent in Teutopolis, but remained there only a few days, when he went to St. Louis, where he pursued his theological studies in the convent of the order. After taking a course of a year and a-half s duration, he returned to Teutopolis to attend a mission. He then attended different congregations until 1881, when he was made rector of St. Francis' Church in Teutopolis. He held that position until January 31, 1887, when he was sent to St. Francis, where he was employed until July, 1888. On the expiration of that period he was recalled as rector of the congregation in Teutopolis, and has since filled that position, having the supervision of a large convent of an important congregation and the education of many children. He has proved himself fully equal to the task, and the general prosperity and progress of all the institutions in his care speak volumes in praise of his ability, industry and fidelity.

 

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. 562. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards

 

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