John McElroy, S. J.
Byerly, J. Davis
Georgetown University Archives, Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
John McElroy, S.J., was born in Ireland in 1782 and came to the United States in 1803. He entered Georgetown College in 1806, the same year he joined the Society of Jesus as a lay brother, and eventually assumed the management of Georgetown's financial affairs. In 1817, he was ordained a priest. During the Mexican-American War, Fr. McElroy served as an army chaplain, one of the first two officially commissioned Catholic chaplains in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Matamoras and Monterey, working in hospitals ministering to the wounded and dying. On his return from Mexico, he went to Boston, where he was instrumental in the establishment of Boston College. Fr. McElroy died in 1877.Repository: Booth Family Center for Special Collections. For more information about this collection please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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