Sunday, September 30, 2007

Fr. George Barry O'Toole, OSB

Fr. O'Toole was born, in the Old South End ( 887 South Street, to be exact ), in 1886. He attended St. John's College, in Toledo. One of many sons of Immaculate Conception Parish to enter the priesthood, he was ordained, in Rome, in 1911. Fr. O'Toole's activities in the Toledo Diocese included serving as secretary to Bishop Schrembs and as pastor of St. Aloysius, in Bowling Green.
After serving as an army chaplain for a time, during World War I, he became a professor of philosophy and dogmatic theology at St. Vincent's Seminary in my birthplace, Latrobe Pennsylvania. Somehow, he also found time to teach animal biology at Seton Hill College, a women's college in nearby Greensburg.
Possibly, the greatest achievement of Fr. O'Toole's busy life was his involvement in the founding of the Catholic University of Peking, of which he was the first president. He maintained ties to China for the rest of his life, and edited the publication China Monthly for several years.
After his return to the United States, in 1934, Fr. O'Toole taught philosophy at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, and at the Catholic University of America, in Washington D.C., where he died in 1944.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Also, he was a founder of the Catholic Radical Alliance, and St. Joseph's House of Hospitality in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.