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Father John C. Drumgoole (1816-1888)

Father Drumgoole, an Irish immigrant, was ordained a priest in 1869 at the age of fifty-three. Concerned with the plight of homeless youth, he purchased 250 acres in Pleasant Plains, Staten Island, in 1882 and built Mount Loretto, where he worked for the care of the orphan children who lived there. Check out the website of Mount Loretto for more information on this saintly New Yorker.