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Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

OF 

Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. 

Second Bishop of Wheeling, 
July 2d, 1891, 

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA. 



< OMPTLKD BY 
RT. i;i:v. JOHN T, SULLIVAN, V.Q. 



4*705" 



PREFACE. 




HE object of this compilation is to put the details of the 
memorable event of Et. Rev. Bishop Kain's Sacer- 
dotal Silver Jubilee in permanent form. No matter 
how satisfactory the reports of the local press may 
have been, they are in their nature perishable a 
the general public are concerned. To obviate this is the 
3 purpose entertained in gathering in a hook form the particulars of 
the occasion so grateful to the honored Prelate; so creditable 
«vi to his clergy and laity, and so expr if the Catholics' 

tn high regard, reverence and love for their chief pastor. The 
S Silver Jubilee proper should, it seems, be preceded by a brief no- 
tice of the Diocese of Wheeling, including the history of the for- 
mation of the sec, the appointment of the first bishop, his Lai 
o etc.; the succession of the second bishop, Rt. Rev. John J. 
^ Kain, his consecration, his eminently successful prosecution of the 
> great work.- of his ap tstolicpredi . as well as hi- own under- 

i takings in the cause of religion; finally the Bplendid ovation of 
j the Silver Jubilee, crowning, as it were, the quarter of a century 
< of his ministry in the Church of God. 






Diocese of Wheeling. 




HE State of Virginia was made a diocese by the Holy 
See by Apostolic letters dated July 11th, 1820, and 
was called the Diocese of Richmond. Its first bishop 
was Rt. Rev. Dr. Kelly, consecrated August 24th, 
1820, in Ireland, arrived in this country January 
19th, 1821. Ill health led to his translation to Ireland 
in 1822, where he died October 9th, 1829. For nineteen years 
the See of Richmond remained under the administration of the 
Mt. Rev. Archbishops of Baltimore. Rt. Rev. Richard Vincent 
Whelan, D.D., was appointed December 19th, 1810, .second bishop 
of Richmond, and consecrated March 21st, 1811 . During nine years 
his jurisdiction extended over the entire State of Virginia. On 
July 23d, 1850, the western part of the State was made a separate 
diocese, and Rt. Rev. Dr. Whelan translated to the new Bee as its 
first bishop. 



Rt. Rev. Richard V. Whelan's Life, Labors, Etc. 



Rt. Rev. R. V. Bishop Whelan, D.D., was born in Baltimore, 
Md., in 1809, and made hi> collegiate studies at Emmitsburg, 
Md., and bis philosophical and theological studies at St. Sul- 
pice, Paris, France. A brief biographical notice o£ his life and 
labors is given by Richard II. Clark, LL.D., " Lives of the De- 
ceased Bishops «»f the Catholic Church in United States." After 
an episcopate of thirty-three years Rt. Rev. Dr. Wnelan died in 
Baltimore, his birthplace, July 7th, 1874. As a prelate his rec- 
ord is as bright and glorious as that of any bishop of the church 



6 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

from the days of the Most Rev. John Carroll, first bishop in the 
States, to his own day. He was a model in everything — simple as 
a child, gifted and learned in an extraordinary degree. He was a 
man of indomitable will, of wonderful courage and of a power of 
endurance that knew no bounds. It was frequently remarked 
that he lived out of his time ; that he belonged to the great galaxy 
of Fathers of the early church. As a churchman his life was so 
grand, so heroic that it may be termed apostolic. The demon- 
stration on the occasion of his funeral July 10th, 1874, attested 
the veneration in which he was held by the whole community, 
non-Catholic as well as Catholic. 

The Diocese was wisely and ably governed from July 7th, 
1874, to May, 1875, by Very Rev. H. F. Parke, administrator 
sede vacante. 



Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. 




Y Apostolic Letters, bearing date February 12th, 1875, 
Rev. John J. Kain was appointed second bishop of 
Wheeling. The diocese comprises the State of West 
Virginia, except the following counties, which are in 
the Diocese of Richmond : Pendleton, Grant, Mineral, 
Hardy, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson ; 
also all that portion of the State of Virginia lying west of the 
counties of Patrick, Franklin and Roanoke ; also that portion of 
Craig County which in 1850 belonged to the County of Mont- 
gomery. 

Rt. Rev. John J. Kain's consecration took place in the Wheel- 
ing Cathedral, May 23d, 1875. 



or Kt. Rev. Johx J. Kaix, D.D. 7 

Farewell Correspondence Between Bishop Kain and 
His Old Congregation. 



To the Rigid Rev. Dr. J. J. Kain, Bishop of Wheeling: 

Very Rev. Sir: In view of your recent elevation to the dig- 
nity of the mitre, we, the undersigned, members of your late con- 
gregation at Harper's Ferry, beg leave to give expression to our 
feelings on this auspicious event. Our emotions are singularly 
compounded of grief, satisfaction and pride. We feel that your 
inevitable removal from us will entail a loss not easily remedied, 
for we but echo the general opinion entertained by men of all re- 
ligious denominations in this community when we say that, while 
your zeal in the cause of heaven has been singularly fruitful in 
good, your talents and learning have rendered the services of the 
Church more than usually attractive, and commanded the respect 
of even indifference and unbelief. 

Our sorrow, however, is more than counterbalance. 1 by the re- 
flection that our loss is the gain of the Church, and that your re- 
moval from us only gives a wider field for the exercise of the 
extraordinary powers with which you are professedly endowed, 
and which were partially lost to religion while yon occupied the 
comparatively obscure position of a missionary priest. The church 
has again fallen on evil days, and not even when the heroic 
Athanasius combatted the first great heresy, and vindicated the 
Godhead of her divine founder, or when the ferocious feuds of 
Guelphs and Ghibellines obliged the Pontiffs to take refuge among 
the peaceful shades of Avignon, did the tempest rage as it does 
now around the "Barque of Peter." The Eoly See realizes this 
fact, and inspired as ever by divine wisdom, it is nol alow in rec- 
ognizing the clear heads and atoul hearts which the occasiozi de- 
mands, and which, in pursuance of God's promise, are never lack- 
ing, and we reflect with pride that our beloved pastor has been 
designated by the infallible Vicar of Christ as one to whom the 



8 Saceedotal Silver Jubilee 

helm may be safely entrusted. With these mingled feelings we 
present you with this expression of our good will, and, as we pray 
that your future course may not belie the glorious promise of your 
youth, we beg that you reciprocate by invoking for us the blessing 
of the God whom you have so faithfully served, and in whose army 
you now take so exalted a rank. Trusting that our mutual good 
wishes and prayers may meet the favorable attention of heaven. 

We remain your ever faithful and loving children in Christ. 

My Dear Friends and Beloved Children of Christ: Mine is 
not an easy task to put in words what my heart now feels. Your 
address, with its accompanying token of affectionate esteem, has 
aroused me to a fuller realization of my approaching change, and 
the sad parting it will entail. 

I have given the matter much serious thought. I have often 
looked ahead and brought to mind the coming separation from 
my dearly loved flock, and the pain it was going to inflict. But 
as the time draws near for my final departure, I feel more keenly 
the pang of parting, and whilst I thank you — but thank is too 
cold and formal a word; I only use it for want of a better — 
whilst, then, I thank you from my heart for the kind, affectionate 
sentiments you express towards me, I cannot but own that their 
very expression has made me feel very sad, for I am thereby 
warned how soon the rending will come of ties most dear and 
sacred — how soon I must forever leave those among whom I have 
spent all the years of my ministry, and whom I have grown to 
love with all a father's affection. 

Cheerfully would I still minister to you and spend my remain- 
ing years among you, for you have always showed me the docility 
and devotedness which gladdens the heart and stimulates the zeal 
of a pastor of souls. But God, our Master, has deemed it other- 
wise, and you and I must bow in humble submission to His will, 
as expressed in the voice of His Vicar upon earth — the Sovereign 
Pontiff. 

Though I must now leave my present home, endeared by so 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D. D. 9 

many pleasant memories, I shall ever entertain in my heart the 
most grateful recollection and wannest appreciation of your kind- 
ness and affection, of which your handsome and so appreciated a 
gift is the pledge, as it will be the memento. 

That God may bless you with every good gift is the fervent 
wish and daily prayer of your devoted friend and father in Christ, 

John -I. Kain, 
Bisfo p elect of Wheeling. 

As the election and consecration of Rev. .John J. Kain as 

Bishop of Wheeling is the great event of twenty-fiv< of his 

priesthood, it is deemed becoming to record the fact with its 
solemn ceremonies in this Silver Jubilee pamphlet. 



(From Daily Intelli . May J4th, 1875). 

Consecration Ceremonies of Rt. Rev. J. J. Kain, 1>.1». 




Ill-] consecration of a Bishop is considered one of the 
most august ceremonies of the Roman Catholic 
Church. The various ceremonii iplendid and 

impressive, and, in the words of a late distinguished 
prelate, " those who regard it as an idle display, 
Btr o it.- nature and meaning." The essentia] 

rite by which the power of the Episcopacy i- communicated is the 
imposition of hands, with prayer; hut every ceremony, such a- the 
preparatory examination, the delivery of the emblems of pastoral 
authority, etc., hae a significance. The entire ceremony, when 
thoroughly understood, i.- at once beautiful, interesting, and im- 
posing. 

A CROWDED CATHEDRAL. 

The death of lit. Rev. Bishop Whelan, of this dicx 
about one year ago, and the Bubsequenl appointment oi Rev. -I. .1. 
Kain, of Martmsburg, W. Va., aa his successor, are well known 



10 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

to the public. The consecration of the new Bishop was looked 
forward to with an unusual degree of interest, it being the first 
ceremony of the kind ever witnessed in the Virginias, either be- 
fore or since the birth of the new State. It had been announeed 
that Bishop Kain would be consecrated on Sunday morning, May 
23d, and for some weeks past the clergy in this city were engaged 
in active preparations for the important event. An immense 
crowd was attracted to the Cathedral, many coming from a dis- 
tance to witness the imposing ceremony. By 10 o'elock in the 
morning the edifice was crowded in every part, and hundreds were 
unable to obtain even a glimpse of the inside of the church. 
Among the distinguished gentlemen who occupied seats in the 
Cathedral were several of the officers of the State government, 
members of both branches of the Legislature, members of the 
City Council, and leading clergymen of the city and vicinity. 

DECORATED AND ILLUMINATED. 

The interior of the Cathedral was handsomely decorated with 
flowers and evergreens. Inside the chancel, above the altars and 
thrones, over the images and on the walls around the chapels, 
beautiful flowers had been arranged with much taste and effect ; 
and the myriads of gas jets and wax candles shone upon a brilliant 
scene. The pillars of the church were trimmed with evergreen, 
with white roses at intervals. 

ARRIVAL OF PROCESSION. 

About 10:30 o'clock, Prof. Herman Ebeling began a volun- 
tary upon the organ, and an instant later the procession entered 
the Cathedral from the door opening on Eoff Street, in the fol- 
lowing order : 

Cross-bearers with cross. 

Torch-bearers. 

Thurifers bearing censers with burning incense. 

The Acolytes. 

Ecclesiastical Students. 



of Rt. Rev. Johs .). Kain, D.D. 11 

Diocesan Priests — about twenty-four in number. 

Eminent clergy of other dioceses — about thirty in all. 

Hi-hops Rosecrans, Domenec, Shanahau and O'Hara. 

.Rev. J. J. Kain, the Bishop-elect, supported on cither Bide by 

Bishops Becker and Gibbons. 

Archbishop Bayley. 

Arch Priest, Deacon and Sub-Deacon. 

how tup: participants WERE CLOTHED. 

Bishop Rosecrans, of Columbus, Ohi<>; Bishop Domenec, of 
Pittsburg, Pa.; Bishop Shanahau, of Harrisburg, l'a.; ami Bishop 
O'Hara, of Scranton, Pa., were dressed in purple mantelets or 
capes. Bishops Becker and Gibbons were in Bishop's vesture and 
caps, but the Bishop-elect appeared only in dark BOUtau and -ur- 
plice. Archbishop Bayley wore his cope and mitre, and 
carried in his right hand his crosier. As usual, the traditional 
train-hearers were on hand to hear the Bishops' long train. 

Upon arriving in the chancel, Archbishop Bayley, of Haiti- 
more, who officiated as Consecrator, was vested in lull pontificals. 
The Bishop-elect put on the aniict, all), cincture and stole, crossed 
upon his heart as a priest, and took the cope and sandals. 

Bishops Rosecrans and Shanahau took .-eats on the right of 

the altar, the former next to an inner d \ and the latter nearer 

the congregation. On the left of the altar, and near the Arch- 
bishop's' throne, Bishops O'llara and Domenec seated themselves. 
The former sat next to the congregation. The members of the 
clergy were -eated just in front of the chancel. 

consecrator AM> assistants. 

Archbishop Bayley, the ( lonsecrator, was assisted by Very Rev. 
J. Paul Dubreul, President of St. Mary'- Beminary, Baltimore, 
as Arch-Priest, and the assistants of the Bishop-elecl were Bishop 
Gibbons, of Richmond, Va., and Bishop Becker, of Wilmington, 
Delaware. Rev. Stanislaus Perte, Preaidenl of St. Charles Col- 
lege, near Baltimore, was the Master of Ceremonies; Rev. D. 



12 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

O'Connor, of Clarksburg, W. Va., was Deacon of the Mass, and 
Rev. Joseph W. Stenger, of Charlestown, W. Va., Sub-Deacon. 

THE OPENING CEREMONIES. 

After the Consecrator had been vested he sat down at the 
altar, and the elect, wearing his small cap, was led to him by the 
assistant Bishops, who saluted the Consecrator and sat down, 
Bishop Becker, as the senior Bishop, on the right, and Bishop 
Gibbons on the left of the elect. A pause ensued, when the as- 
sistant Bishops uncovered their heads and rose, and Bishop Becker 
addressed the Consecrator, stating in Latin that he was required 
" to raise this priest here present to the burthensome office of 
Bishop." 

THE APOSTOLIC COMMISSION READ. 

The Consecrator then asked the senior assistant if he had the 
Apostolic Commission, and upon being answered in the affirmative 
commanded that it be read. The document was presented by the 
assisting Bishop to the Consecrator's Notary, who read it aloud. 
When he had concluded, the Consecrator said " Thanks be to 
God." Not only this " Papal Bull," but the ceremony through- 
out, with the exception of the sermon, was in the Latin language. 

TAKING THE OATH. 

The Consecrator then administered to the elect his oath of 
duty and fidelity, a literal translation of which is here presented : 

" I, 1ST., elect of the church of 1ST., will be from this hour hence- 
forward obedient to blessed Peter the Apostle, and to the Holy 
Roman Church, and to the most blessed Father, Pope N., and to 
his successors canonically chosen. I will assist them to retain and 
to defend against any man whatever the Roman Popedom, with- 
out prejudice to my rank. I will take care to preserve, defend 
and promote the rights, honors, privileges and authority of the 
Holy Roman Church, of the Pope, and of his successors, as afore- 
said. With my whole strength I will observe, and cause to be 
observed by others, the rules of the Holy Fathers, the decrees, or- 



of Et. Rbv. Johm J. Kain, D.D. 13 

dinances or dispositions, ami mandates of the Apostolic See. 
When called to a Synod, I will come, unless I be prevented by a 
canonical impediment. I will personally visit the Apostolic See 
once every ten years, and render an account to our most blessed 
Father N., and his successors as aforesaid, of my whole pastoral 
office, and of everything in any way appertaining to the state of 
my Church, to the discipline of the clergy and people, and to the 
salvation of the souls entrusted to my care, and I will humbly re- 
ceive in return the Apostolic mandates, and most diligently exe- 
cute them. But if I be prevented by a lawful impediment, I will 
perform all the things aforesaid by a certain messenger specially 
authorized for this purpose, a priest of the diocese, or by Borne 
secular or regular priest of tried virtue and piety, well instructed 
on all the above subjects. 

" I will not sell nor give away nor mortgage, enfeoff anew, 
nor in any way alienate the possessions belonging to my table, 
without the leave of the Roman Pontiff. And Bhould I pn 
to any alienation of them, 1 am willing to contract, by the very 
fact, the penalties specified in the Constitution published on this 
subject." 

The above oath was taken on bended knees. The Consecrator 
sat wearing his mitre, because he excreted authority, and because 
he was the superior of the Bishop-elect. The frequent taking off 
and putting on of his mitre arose from the variety of offices which 
he performed through the ceremony. When answering the Con- 
secrator, the Bishop-elect uncovered his head to signify respect. 

EXAMINATION AND MA 

After the oath had been administered the elect and his a 
ant.- were seated, and the Consecrator and assistants proa 
with the form <»f examination. 

The examination being closed, the elect Was led by the g£ 
ant Bishops to the Consecrator, before whom he knelt and ; 
hi- band. The Oonsecrator, laying off Ins mantle, turned to the 
altar and commenced the Mass as usual, the elect being at his left 



14 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

hand and the assistant Bishops at their seats. After confession 

the Consecrator proceeded to the altar and continued the Mass to 

the last verse, and at that part he again took his seat before the 

altar. 

"KYRIE" AND "GLORIA." 

During this Mass the " Kyrie " and " Gloria " from " Farmers' 
Mass " were sung in B flat by the choir. The choir of the Cath- 
edral has about seventeen members, but a number of well known 
singers kindly volunteered their services for the occasion, and aug- 
mented the number of voices to thirty-three, under the leadership 
of Mrs. Whittaker. Prof. Ebeling presided at the organ. The 
fugue at the end of the " Gloria " was rendered by Mrs. Whit- 
taker, Miss Hubbard, Mr. Peaselee and Mr. Caldwell. 

DUTY OF A BISHOP. 

The elect was again presented to the Consecrator, when all 
took their seats, and the Consecrator stated the duties and powers 
of the Episcopacy in these simple terms : " It is the duty of a 
Bishop to judge, to interpret, to consecrate, to ordain, to offer, to 
baptize, and to confirm." All then arose and the Consecrator, re- 
taining the mitre in token of his authority, and standing, as one 
earnest in soliciting their prayer, invited the faithful to unite with 
him in prayer, " that God would bestow the abundance of grace 
upon the elect Bishop." 

During the recital of the Litanies, however, the Consecrator 
knelt with the mitre on his head, as humbling himself, even in his 
official capacity, to God. His head was uncovered whenever he 
immediately addressed God in prayer. The assistant Bishops also 
knelt, resting forward upon their seats, wearing then- mitres. 
The elect lay prostrate at the left hand of the Consecrator. At 
the several parts of the petitions the assistant Bishops made the 
sign of the cross, but did not rise from their knees. 

THE PROSTRATION 
of the Bishop-elect on the floor of the sanctuary was perhaps ex- 
pressive of the interior humiliation of the soul in the presence of 



of Rt. Rev. John J. I >.D. 15 

the majesty of God. While all the c fcion and clergy w 

kneeling the Consecrator rose ap, and with In- crosier in his 

left hand, turned toward them and prayed aloud that " God may 

vouchsafe to bless f and sanctify t and consecrate t this elect here 

present." 

THE PLACING OF HAND-. 

The Litanies concluded, the Consecrator, aided by the assistant 
Bishops, placed the Bible, open, upon the shoulders of the eli 
who knelt before him. [t was placed inversely, so that the bottom 
of the page was turned toward the Consecrator, and was so held 

by one of the clergy until it was given to the elect. The i 

tion meant to be conveyed by this rite was that the Gospel should 

not be to him a sealed book. 

The Consecrator and assistant Bishops then put their hands 
simultaneously upon the head of the elect, each of them touch] 
the head with both hands, saying, " Receive thou the Holy Gl 
The prayers which followed determine the Imposition of hands to 
signify and confer the grace and power of the Episcopa. y. 

THE ANOINTING. 
The Sacred Canticle, altera Bhort prayer, was sung by the 
Consecrator, after which the head of the elect was bound with 
some tine linen prepared for the purpose. The Consecrator, on 
bended kne< , iegan the hymn, "Veni Creator Spiritus," which 
was continued by the rest. While the choir were singing the hymu 
th«' Consecrator seated himself, and, wearing the mitre, made the 

pign ofa CrOJ - with holy chri.-nioii the head of the I bop, and 

anointed the whole crown, saying, " -May thy head be anointed and 
consecrated with heavenly blessing, in the Pontifical Order, in 
the name of the Father,! and of the 8on,tand of the Holy Gh08t.t" 
This unction, which is intended to signify the interior unction of 
the Holy Spirit, is a rite of antiquity in the Latin Church. , 
Consecrator, after cleansing his thumb with a crumb of bread, laid 

aside his mitre and arose and delivered a brief address, which was 

followed by an antiphon chanted by the clergy. 



16 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

ANOINTING OF THE HANDS. 

Psalm CXXXII was also chanted by the clergy, during which 
the elect had a cloth placed upon his neck to support his hands, and 
joining them side by side knelt before the Consecrator, who 
anointed the palms with chrism in the figure of a cross, and then 
their entire surface. This unction is intended 'to signify the powers 
that are imparted to him. 

BLESSING THE CROSIER AND RING. 

The Consecrator again cleansed his thumb with a piece 
of bread, and laying aside his mitre, arose and blessed the crosier, 
which he sprinkled with holy wafer. The crosier, or the pastoral 
staff, is blessed to signify that the power of the pastoral office 
must be derived from " God, the supporter of human weakness." 
The newly-consecrated, kneeling, received the staff with his fore 
and middle fingers, without disjoining the hands, which were sus- 
pended from the neck in a linen scarf, through reverence for the 
oil with which they were anointed. The ring was then blessed, 
sprinkled with holy water, and placed upon the proper finger of 
the right hand of the consecrated. The ring is an emblem of the 
fidelity which a Bishop owes to the Church. 

"THE KISS OF PEACE." 

The Bible was then taken from the shoulders of the consecra- 
ted and placed in his hands, and he was commanded to go and 
preach to the people committed to his care. He then received the 
kiss of peace from the Consecrator and his assistants, each saying 
to him, "Peace be to thee," and he answering, " And with thy 
spirit." After this he was conducted to a side chapel, where the 
crown of his head was rubbed and dried, to take away the chrism, 
and his 1 hair adjusted. The Mass was proceeded with to the offer- 
tory, when " Credo," from " Farmers' Mass," was sung by Miss 
Hubbard, Mrs. Whittaker, Mr. Lucas and Mr. Caldwell. 
BISHOP GIBBONS' SERMON. 

At the conclusion of the music, Right Rev. Bishop Gibbons, 
of Richmond, Ya., delivered an eloquent sermon, taking for his 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. 17 

text the 5th chap, of the 2nd Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthi- 
ans, beginning with the 18th verse. We are unable to give more 
than a brief outline of the Rt. Reverend gentleman's remarks. 

He commenced by saying that the vast assemblage he wit- 
nessed before him, consisting not only of regular members of the 
congregation, bnt State and City officials, besides other eminent 
person-, came not merely to pay their homage to God and their 
respects to the new Bishop, hut for the laudable desire of witness- 
ing the imposing ceremony of the consecration of a Bishop. It 
was the lirst time such a ceremony had been performed either in 
Virginia or West Virginia. The Bishop is appointed by Almighty 
God to rule the Church, to study God's interest, to vindicate 
his honor, and to promote his love among the people of the 
Church. Not only does Christ Jesus authorize the Apostles and 
successors to preach the Gospel, but he commands those nations 
to whom such a minister is sent to listen and obey, under the most 
severe penalties. And this is not all. When an embassador is 
sent from our country to Europe he is honored. So Christ, our 
Chief Magistrate, honors his Bishops. He will no longer call 
them servants, but friends. What a prerogative to In- called upon 
by Heaven to bear the olive branch of peace — to represent the 
glorious Gospel, which holds out to every one the blessed hope of 
immortality! The Apostles of Jesus Christ arc not only hia em- 
bassadors but his dispensers of mercy. To some people the 
Bishop is like other men, but in the eye of faith he is exalted. To 
him belongs the sublime prerogative of reconciling the sinner — 
that stupendous power of consecrating their body and blood — to 
him alone belongs the power of communicating the Holy <> 
by the Bacrament of Confirmation. A temporal prince ha- the 
power to cast into prison — but his power is only over flesh and blood. 
He dor- not penetrate the sanctuary of the soul. A Bishop 
spiritual prince, presiding not over unwilling subjects, but 
the hearts of his children. lie i> a judge, called upon to pro- 
nounce sentence, not of condemnation but of mercy — he is a 
builder, to construct the Heavenly Jerusalem, the house of I 



18 • Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

Such is the dignity and such the authority with which this young 
prelate will be invested who from this day forth is to preside over 
the spiritual destinies of this diocese. 

Your young Bishop has not sought the office, but the office 
has sought him. Much as he appreciates the honor of presiding 
over the diocese to which he has been called, if left to his 
own choice his humility would probably have prompted him to 
prefer working as an humble missionary in the diocese where 
everything had become endeared to him. He comes with the 
approbation of the Bishops of the province of Baltimore. To all 
of them he is known by a pure and upright reputation which has 
never been stained by the breath of calumny. The longer you 
know him the more you will honor and love him. He will preach 
to you with a simple but pure Christian spirit, which has become 
much more elevated by the force of personal example. He is 
yours and you are his. From this day forth you will occupy the 
first place in his heart and affection. He will be the guardian 
angel of you and of the Church. He will be to you like one of 
the angels whom Jacob saw on that mystic ladder bringing mes- 
sages from God to man. He will recommend himself to you by 
his financial ability and business tact — an ability almost indispen- 
sable in some of the southern dioceses, where the resources are 
limited. He has already signified his ability in this respect by 
erecting two churches and paying for the same. I know that 
your young Bishop will receive a loyal and a heart-felt reception 
from your hands. You will receive him with joy, as he comes to 
you with the authority of Jesus Christ. You will rally around 
him and sustain him in all his undertakings, rejoice at his pros- 
perity and grieve should any calamity occur. I am indeed re 
joiced at the harmony existing in this country between the clergy 
and the people. I pray the day may never come when the clergy 
will become salaried servants of the Government — it would per- 
haps dictate to us what doctrines we ought to maintain. But, 
brethren of the clergy, I see from your cordial faces that your 
new Bishop will receive from your hands a hearty reception. The 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. 19 

expression of your countenances to-day differs from the occasion of 
my last visit — when the remains of your venerable prelate lay cold 
in death. You were sad in your hearts ; disconsolate, discouraged 
because your leader was gone. You missed the sound of that 
majestic voice which had been accustomed to inspire you with 
confidence. Your Church was draped in mourning, and sorrow 
filled the hearts of your people. A universal gloom was spread 
over the whole city. You are cheerful to-day because the Church 
renews its strength. The diocese has cast off its weeds of mourn- 
ing — the Bishop lost is found again. A new captain comes for- 
ward to-day to lead you on to fresh battles, and unless I am very 
much deceived, he will never say "go," but will always Bay, 
" Come, let us go together." He will be ever foremost in the 
ranks — always in the midst of you. The speaker then turned 
and addressed the new Bishop, but his remarks were almosl inau- 
dible to the reporters, who only occasionally caught a sentence. 
He said during his brief address, however, that the dioc< 
Richmond in losing Father Kain had lost a valuable member, and 
the clergy an affectionate brother, but Richmond's lose was o 
ing's gain. He accepted it as an auspicious circumstance that the 
new Bishop was installed upon the same day as the temporal au- 
thorities were installed in this city, and concluded as follows: 

May this day be the harbinger of a bright and glorious future for 
the diocese of Wheeling. May you, honored ^ when your 
labors are over, receive a recompense from Oar father in Heaven. 

THE BISHOPS OFFERING. 

Ar the conclusion of the sermon the new Bishop made his 
offering to the Oonsecrater. Attended by his Bishops, he pre- 
sented himself, aid kneeling, offered two large lighted tapers, two 
ornamented Loaves, and two ornamented barrels of wine, and 
I the Oonsecrator's hand after he had received them. The 
choir then sail"- " Ave Verum." 



20 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

BLESSING MITRE AND GLOVES. 

After the solemn benediction, given by the Consecrator, he 
proceeded to the blessing of the mitre, and as he put it on referred 
to its mystic significance as a helmet. Here the choir sang 
" Agnus Dei " and the " Benedictus," and the kiss of peace was 
given by the Consecrator to the consecrated, who gave it to the 
senior assistant and then to the junior, and it was thus continued 
among the members of the clergy. 

The gloves, which are handsomely embroidered with gold, 
were then blessed and put on the hands of the new Bishop, and 
their mystic signification was explained, with allusion to the cover- 
ing of the hands of Jacob with the skins of kids, and a prayer 
that he who wore the gloves might obtain a blessing through 

Christ. 

LED TO HIS THRONE. 

The newly-consecrated Bishop was then led by his assistants 

to his proper throne, and the Consecrator placed the crosier in 

his left hand. This ceremony is performed in token of his being 

made a judge and ruler. The Consecrator then began the " Te 

Deum," which was chanted by the clergy. 

BLESSING THE CONGREGATION. 
Whilst this hymn was being chanted, the assistant Bishops, 
wearing their mitres, led the new Bishop through the Church, and 
as he proceeded bestowed his blessing upon the people, who knelt 
to receive it. The Consecrator in the meantime stood uncovered 
at the altar. The new Bishop, upon returning to the altar, gave 
his blessing to the clergy and congregation, after a prayer had been 
recited and an anthem sung. 

"FOR MANY YEARS." 
The Consecrator and assistants then took their mitres and 
turned their faces toward the Epistle side, to which the newly-con- 
secrated went, who turned towards them, knelt, and repeated the 
words " For Many Years." He advanced and did the same at 
the middle of the altar, again at the feet of the Consecrator, who 
gave him the kiss of peace, as did the assistants, and accompanied 



of Kt. Rev. John- J. Kain. D.D. 21 

by them he returned to his own chapel, repeating the beginning 
of the Gospel according to St. John, which the Consecrator recit- 
ed at his own altar. 

RECEIVING BOMAG 

The ceremonies being ended, the new Bishop divested him- 
self of a portion of his garments, after which he proceeded to the 
pew occupied by his mother and two sisters, whom he affection- 
ately embraced. His relatives occupied the first pew to the left of 
the central aisle. 

The members of the congregation soon began to crowd around 
him and offer their homage. Many fell on their knees and kissed 
his hand as he hurriedly passed out. The other Bishops, assists 
etc., in the meanwhile had left the Cathedral from the rear, in 
about the same order as they came in. 

THE MUSIC. 
Our report would be incomplete if we failed to add a word of 
praise for the excellent music furnished by the choir and th 
who had volunteered their services, as stated heretofore. We hi 
not the space to mention each performer in detail, and speak of 
their merits as they deserve. Besides the piece- before enumerated 
in this article, the " Qui tollis " was Bung by Mr. Arkle, tenor; 
Mr. Fletcher, bass; Miss Benninghaus, alto; and Mi— Brown, 
soprano. The " Credo," " Sanctus," " Benedictus " and "Agnus 
Dei" were from k> Von Weber's Mass in GL" Mr-. Whittaker, 
Miss Benninghaus, Mr. J. Mendel and Mr. Caldwell sang the 
"Benedictus.'" Miss Eubbard sang the solo in "Agnus I>ei." 

VESPER SERVICE. 
In the evening vesper services were held in the Cathedral. 
Right Rev. Domenec, Bish ip of Pittsburgh, delivered a discour 
The principal features of the evening service were first : A " Salve 
Regina," sung by Miss M. Rohan; 2d, an " O Sanitaria," by Rev. 
Father Stenger ; 3d, a quartette, " A.ve Verum," from Mozart, by 

Mr. Lucas, Mi,, Hubbard, Mr. Caldwell and Mr,. Whittaker. The 

"Tantiim Ergo," in which Miss Ella Zinn and Mr. Peaselee had 
he principal parts, was excellently rendered. 



22 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. 




T. EEV. DR. KAIN was born at Martinsburg, May 
31st 1841. At an early age be was sent to St. 
Cbarles College, near Ellicotts City, Md., to make 
his collegiate studies. On tbe completion of tbe 
course in that noted school be passed to the depart- 
ment of philosophy and theology in St. Mary's Univer- 
sity, Baltimore, Md. Throughout the collegiate, philoso- 
phical and theological studies, the subject 'of this sketch evinced 
rare talents, and was regarded as one of the most gifted, 
if not the most gifted student in those large schools. He was or- 
dained priest July 2nd, 1866, and assigned to tbe missions of 
Harper's Ferry and Martinsburg, W. Va. His appointment as 
Bishop was bailed as an excellent one; and all in a brief time 
realized the grateful fact that Rome had placed at the helm a 
man of extraordinary fitness ; a man thoroughly equipped as a 
scholar, possessed of a high order of administrative ability, and a 
pulpit orator of the highest rank. 

The sixteen years of Rt. Rev. Dr. Kain's episcopate have more 
than confirmed these anticipations, and be is to-day, socially and 
intellectually, as well as viewed as a Prelate, a most worthy suc- 
cessor of the illustrious, revered, and Apostolic Bishop Whelan. 
It is often said that the Sees of Richmond and Wheeling have 
bad as able and efficient Bishops as an}' two Sees in the Catholic 
Church in the United States. 




of Rt. Rev. John J. K.un, D.D. 23 

Rt. Rev. John J. Kain. 

1866— Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee— 189 1. 

S the day on which the Rt. Rev. Bishop would haw 
completed the twenty-live years of his priesthood drew 
near, a committee of the senior priests of the Diocese 
of Wheeling, consisting of Rt. Rev. J. T. Snllivan, 
V.G., Chairman, Very Rev. I). O'Connor, Very R 
Fr. Maurice, O. M. C, and Very Rev. J. W. Sten- 
ger, addressed a circular to the rectors of the different 
congregations. These rectors were requested to take -urh steps 
as in their judgment would he likely "to render the Jubilee 
a success, creditable to the reverend clergy and laity, and plea-ant 
for the chief pastor." The result amply proves with what earnest- 
ness the suggestion of the committee was accepted by clerg] 
laity. All the clergy, with the exception of two unavoidably ab- 
sent, repaired to Wheeling for July 2nd, L891 — Jubilee Day. 
Their gifts of material things were all that the very limited means 
of I J is Lordship's clergy and laity could well afford, whilst the 
exhibition of their filial love, devotion, and reverence was truly 
grand and most grateful to the Rt. Rev. Bishop, as he so feelingly 
Stated in his address from his throne. 

The record of the incident.- of Bishop Kain's Silver Jubilee 
will consist simply of the narrative of what transpired, and in the 
order in which they occurred. 



L866 PROGRAMME L891. 

Rt. Rev. John J. Kain's Sacerdotal Silvbb Jubilee. 
.Iii.y 2d, L891. 



1. Solemn Pontifical MD - - - - 9 a.m. 

Address by Rt. Rev. bionsignor Sullivan, V.<.. 
Address by R v. Fr. Didacus, O.M.C. 

2. Reception of the Clergy, . . - L0:30 a.m. 



24 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

3 Dinner, - - - -- - - . 12 m. 

4. [Reception of the Laity, - 7:30 p.m. 
Address by Hon. T. S. Riley, in behalf of the English speaking 

Catholics. 
Address for the Germans — Mr. Peter Bonenberger. 

5. Address of Rt. Rev. Bishop Kain, from the portico of the 

Cathedral. 

On the eve of his Jubilee Day, the Rt. Rev. Bishop received, 
through Rt. Rev. Dr. O'Connell, President of the American 
College, Rome, a cablegram informing him that the Sovereign 
Pontiff, Leo XIII, sent his Apostolic Benediction: "The Holy 
Father sends you his blessing." 



The following account was given in the Wheeling Daily 
Register : 

SILVER JUBILEE. 

A notable church event, long and happily awaited by thousands 
of earnest and devoted faithful, came to pass yesterday, in the 
celebration of Rt. Rev. Bishop Kain's Silver Jubilee of his 
ordination into the priesthood. There have been few church 
events in this city that have awakened more interest, and none 
that have caused a more general outpouring of the people. They 
came not alone to hear the music, see the flowers and decorations, 
and listen to the services and speeches, but they came also in the 
true spirit of the occasion ; they came with hearts full of gratitude 
to one who has so long been a kind, faithful and conscientious 
benefactor, one whose noble work has been confined not alone to 
the domain of the church, but whose influence and energy for 
the upbuilding of the community is everywhere recognized. All 
nature smiled on the occasion, and the day was a perfect one in 
every regard. The occasion was a notable one from the presence 
of so many distinguished clergy from out of town, all of whom 
participated in the proceedings with heartfelt joy. In a word 






Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. 26 



the souls of both clergy and laity were attuned to the day, and 
the successful manner in which all the details of the affair p 
off will make Bishop Kain".- Silver Jubilee a long and live event 
in the history of the Dioc 

OPENING EXERCISE 

The exercises of the day formally opened at 9 o'clock yester- 
day morning, and long before that hum- the great interior < 
Joseph's Cathedral was thronged with people, wh<> viewed 
pleasure and delight the many handsome and appropriate deeora- 

Along the front of the gallery were festoons of i 
and this cheerful emblem of nature profusely adorned the upper 
and lateral parts of the chancel, all depending objects bei] 
pecially adorned. Many bouquets and. baskets of choice cut flow- 
ers figured here and there throughout the chancel, the Bishop's 
throne being especial!. ed. The decorations, taken with 

the numerous bright lights of the altar, produced a beautiful ef- 
fect. Along the front of the gallery ran this inscription in silver 
letters, "Adveniat annus Jubilseus aurei; y translated being 

" May you live to celebrate your golden jubilee," and on the three 
Bides of the chancel were these inscription-: "Sacerdosel Pontifex," 
"Deo Gratia-/ - "Ad Multos Annos,"— " Priest and Pontiff," 
" Thanks be to God," " For Many Year.-." At nine o'clock the 

-trains of the " Kyrie Elei80n," Bung by the trained Cathedral 
choir under the direction of Prof. Herman Schockey, opened the 
magnificent ceremonies of the day, and from either Bide of the 
sanctuary, the dignitaries, priests and acolytes in the mass cele- 
bration appeared. The rich vestments of the Bishops and I 

made a beautiful COnstrast with the pure white and Mack . 

of the priests and acolyte 

THE OFFICIATING CLER 

in the sanctuary at the time, besides Bishop Kain and Bishops 

Yandevyvcr, of Richmond, and Phelao, of Pittsburg, who aat on 
a raised dais to the right, and immediately oppo • Bi hop Kain, 
were the following members of the clergy of the dioceses "I \\ eel 



26 Sacekdotal Silver Jubilee 

Virginia and Ohio : lit. Rev. Monsignor Sullivan, of Wheeling ; 
Very Rev. H. F. Park, of Mt. De Chantal ; Very Rev. Joseph 
W. Stenger, of Charleston ; Very Rev. D. O'Connor, of Clarks- 
burg ; Very Rev. A. M. M. Hartnedy, of Steubenville ; Very 
Rev. John B. Murray, of Cincinnati ; Rev. Father J. C. Des- 
mond, of Wellsville, Ohio ; Rev. Father Thomas Rowers, of Steu- 
benville ; Rev. Father E. N. Leyden, Toronto, O.; Rev. Father 
James Hartley, Steubenville ; Rev. Father McElligott, Wheeling ; 
Rev. John McBride, Witbeville, Va.; Rev. Father D. Walsh, 
Hinton, W. Va.; Rev. Father Mattingly, Martin's Ferry ; Rev. 
Father Joseph Weigand, Bridgeport, O.; Rev. Father Fitzgerald, 
Bellaire ; Rev. John A. Reynolds, Wellsburg ; Rev. Father Di- 
dacus, O.M.C., Wheeling; Rev. Father Herman Joseph, O.C.M., 
Rev. Father O'Kane, Wheeling ; Rev. Father H. P. McMenamin, 
Benwood ; Rev. Father Boutlou, Moundsville ; Rev. Father C. T. 
Schlipp, St. Joseph's, Marshall County ; Rev. Father McGrath, 
Fairmont ; Rev. Father Keleher, Grafton ; Rev. Father P. A. 
Boyce, Rowelsburg ; Rev. Father T. C. Haimann, Newburg ; Rev. 
Father John A. Tracy, Weston ; Rev. Father Wm. Walsh, St. 
Clara, Doddridge County ; Rev. Father Michael Fitzpatrick, Ran- 
dolph County ; Rev. Father Thomas Quirk, Lewis County ; Rev. 
Father E. M. Hickey, Parkersburg ; Rev. Father Lambert, 
Parkersburg ; Rev. Father J. J. Deehan, Parkersburg ; Rev. 
Father J. W. Werninger, Huntington ; Rev. Father George 
Toner, Coal Valley ; Rev. Father Thomas Collins, Charleston ; 
Rev. Father T. J. Duffy, Lewisburg ; Rev. Father John Murray, 
of Cincinnati, and Rev. Joseph Mullen, Wheeling. 

PONTIFICAL HIGH MASS. 

Immediately after the procession, pontifical high mass was 
celebrated by Bishop Kain, assisted by Monsignor Sullivan, Dea- 
con of Office Very Rev. J. W. Stenger, of Charleston, Sub-Deacon 
Rev. Jeremiah Murray, of Cincinnati, Very Rev. H. F. Parkes, 
of Mt. de Chantal and Very Rev. John Murray, of Cincinnati, 
Deacons of honor. Revs. Father Tracy, of Weston, and 



of Rt. Rev. Johx J. Kaix, D.D. J 7 

Reynolds, of Wellsbnrg, officiated ae masters of ceremony. The 
services were very imposing and entered into with great fervor 
by all those officiating. 

The music was especially well rendered by a choir reinforced 
for the occasion, and consisting of Borne twenty-three voices, under 
the direction of Prof. Schockey, with Mrs. M. E. Whittaker ['re- 
siding at the organ. The singers kept well together, ami the se- 
lections throughout were admirably rendered and listened t<> with 
delight by the vast throng of people. The choir was composed of 
the following well known vocalists: From St. Alphonsus: Bliss 
Emma Yahn, Mrs. Henry Keller, Miss Bertha Fox, Biise I . l'ein- 
ler, MissT. Schaffer, Mr. Frank Woeber, Mr. Frank Diegmi] 
Mr. William Nolte and Mr* William Paul : from St. Mary's : Mrs. 
Humes and Mr. Ed. Yahn; from the Cathedral : Mrs. Geo. Feei 
Mrs. Kate Michael-Fitzgerald, MissMary Healey, Miss Ague.- 1! 
Miss Augusta Handlan, Miss Ague.- Lanrey, Mr. Adam Yahn, 
Mr. Charles Miller, Mr. Jacques Front, Mr. George Hoke and 
Mr. Thos. J. Miller. The solos were well Bung and attracted especial 
attention. They were as follows: " Eyrie Eleison," V 
Emma Yahn; " Qui Tollis," Mr. Frank Diegmiller; -Ft [ncar- 
natus," Miss Mary Ilealy, and " Benedictus," Mise Agnes Hi 
and Miss C. Feinler. At the conclusion of the ceremonies Rt. 
Rev. Monsignor J. T. Sullivan delivered the address of greeting 
to the Bishop, 

MONSIGNOR SULLIVAN'S AD 

Right Reverend am> Beloved Bishop: In the name of the 
Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, of the Religions communi 
ties, and of the Laity of your diocese, [, though the least worthy, 
Leg leave to tender yon most heartfelt congratulations on this joy- 
ous occasion. Custom lias most laudably sanctioned the joyful 
and festive observance of what is known as Jubilee year. Henee, 
in society, we have various kinds of jubilees, uotably the Silver 
Jubilee, the Golden Jubilee and the Diamond Jubilei — twenty- 
five, fifty ami seventy-five years respectively. To-day, with as 



28 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

much solemnity as possible, we celebrate, Monseigneur, your Sil- 
ver Jubilee — twenty-five years of Sacerdotal life ! 

First of all, the clergy of your diocese are gathered in your 
Cathedral, by their presence as well as otherwise, to greet you on 
this great day. They naturally pass in review your priesthood. 
They go back in thought to those nine years of your sacerdotal 
life in the Richmond Diocese — so quiet, so retired, so zealous and so 
efficient. They go back, too, to that joyful February, 1875, when 
the cable announced that Rome had appointed a successor to the 
illustrious first Bishop of Wheeling ; that the young but able pastor 
of Harper's Ferry was to assume Whelan's crosier and mitre. 
Then they realized in your person, and in the circumstances, the 
words of Holy Writ. You could say, though your humility no 
doubt forbade it : " Lord, Thou didst deliver to me five talents ; 
behold, I have gained other five over and above." Then God 
said (when Rome speaks, God speaks) : " Well done, good and 
faithful servant ; because thou hast been faithful over a few things, 
I will place thee over many things." Matt, xxv, 21. 

The great Bishop of Richmond, later Archbishop of Baltimore, 
now Cardinal Archbishop of that glorious Mother Church of this 
land, was, no doubt, the one who discovered in the comparatively un- 
known missionary of Harper's Ferry, (the same field from which your 
apostolic predecessor was chosen) the man in all respects fully equip- 
ped for the episcopate. His idea and his estimate were concurred 
in by the Metropolitan and his suffragants, and Rome by Pius the 
Ninth ratified their judgment and appointed the second Bishop of 
Wheeling in your illustrious person. 

A day or so after the glad news for Wheeling flashed over the 
wires, a priest of this diocese remarked : " Though but slightly 
acquainted with Rev. John J. Kain, I know him to be of extraor- 
dinary ability. Wheeling is in luck and has reason to rejoice." 
The event has proven that he was right ; that the diocese had rea- 
son, indeed, to exult. " Rome," said a non-Catholic writer in a 
brief notice of the Bishop-elect, " seems to have shown great par- 
tiality to Virginia from the beginning, by giving her great men 



of Rt. Rev. Johk J. I >.D. 29 

for Bisliops — Whelan, McGill, Gibbons and Kain." Had he 

written a little later, he might and would have added one more — 
Rt. Hev. Dr. Van de Yyver, the worthy >r in Richmoi 

those great Prelates, this day with as to honor our beloved B 
on tins, his Silver Jubilee. 

Sixteen years ago, Monseigneur, yon took pot your 

See; sixteen years ago, in this Banctuary, the plenitude of the 
priesthood was e inferred on yon, and you became ration, as 

you were already by appointment and jurisdiction, our Bisho] 
Father in God, and we, clergy and laity, became your spiritual 
children. You assumed, Dot of your own choice, but on th< 
of God, all the responsibilities of the episcopal office. W( 
corned you and vowed most cheerfully, filial loyality and devotion 
most cordial. 

Heaven's record book has on its bright pages the histor 
your sixteen year- as Bishop — zeal, piety, efficiency and learning. 
As to your zeal, you can say truthfully, (from your coming to this 
day,) " The zeal of thy h< >use hath eaten me up." (Pa. lxviii, 10.) 
The motive power of that zeal has been your charity, love o 
and of Christ our Lord and His Spouse — holy Church. " The 
charity of Christ presseth us/' (2d Cor. v, 14 I Your efficiency 
is attested by the onward progress of all the interests of om 
blessed religion in the diocese under your wise, prudent, and 
energetic leadership. Though humanly speaking, your natural 
gifts of mind and heart would have warranted OS in anticipating 

an efficient administration, still faith tells us, and you, borrowing 

the Words of Saint Paul, Bay to-day, a- you have no doubt said 

many times to yourself, " Bui by the grace "t' <T..d I am what I 
am, and His grace in me bath not been void." (1 Cor. .w. 10.) 
As the herald of ( fring truth, you bfl ; nlpit 

tireless and eloque ich degree as to attract attention in a 

hierarchy so notable as that of these Dnited Sts 

You surely have complied with St. Paul's injunction to 
another Bishop : " I charge thee before God and irist,who 

shall judge the Living and the dead, by his coming and bis kin^ 



30 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

preach the word ; be instant in season and out of season ; re- 
prove, entreat and rebuke in all patience and doctrine." (2d Tim. 
iv, 2.) When the deluded advocates of multiform heresy assailed 
the faith, you have always been the vigilant sentinel on the watch- 
tower, and these misguided men soon found that it could not be 
done with impunity. When the frequent, I might almost say, 
usual, unjust and disreputable weapon of misrepresentation has 
been employed against our holy religion, your trenchant pen has 
always been ready to defend the faith and to expose the mendacity 
of the assailants, and at the same time show and portray the in- 
herent loveliness of God's truth, and the fair and spotless fame of 
His divinely appointed Church. 

If I have protracted these remarks unbecomingly, pardon me. 
To-day, by cable, the Holy Father greets and blesses you ; to-day 
the clergy and the laity of your diocese are filled with gladness 
and gratitude to God ! They greet you ; the Rt. Rev. Bishops 
here present greet you ; the hierarchy of these States, your mitred 
brethren throughout our noble land, from His Eminence, the Car- 
dinal, so renowned as a churchman and a patriot, to the youngest 
who has, at Rome's bidding, assumed the episcopal office, greet 
you ; and the greeting from all these, as well as your many other 
friends, clerical and laical, is the hallowed " Ad multos annos." 
Yes, fervently and prayerfully say we all, u Ad multos annos." 

But when the ends does come (and the " ad multos annos " 
is that it may be long deferred), another prayer is also ours, and 
that of all, namely, that you may be able then to say with the 
great exemplar of the church's Bishops, St. Paul, (2d Tim. iv, 5-8) 
" I have fought a good fight ; I have finished my course ; I have 
kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of 
justice, which the Lord, the just judge, will render me on that day." 
Whilst we pray thus, Monseigneur, on this Silver Jubilee day, ac- 
cept once more our most heartfelt congratulations, and bestow, 
from the deepest depths of your paternal and episcopal heart, a 
blessing on us all — priests, religious and laity gladly present, and 
those, too, unavoidably absent. 



oi Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. 31 

In fine, in the name of your clergy and of the whole di<>r 
I beg leave to tender most heartful thanks to the Rt. Rev. Bis- 
hops and the Rev. Clergy of neighboring dioceses, who by their 
presence here to-day do honor to you, Rt. Rev. Bishop, t<> us, 
your clergy, and to the Diocese of Wheeling. 

At the conclusion of Monsignor Sullivan's address, Rev. 
Father P. Didacus, O.M.C., saluted the Bishop, and read an 
address in Latin, as follows : 

LATIN ADDRESS BY REV. FATHER DIDACUS, O.M.C. 

Reverendissimo ac Dlastrifisimo, Dilectissimo nostro Patri a<- 
Domino, Episcopo Sacrae Sedis Wheelingensifl, in Solemniia Jubi- 
lsei Sacerdotalis ad Aram litanti Congregatio Eccleaiaa ad S. Al 
phonsnm atque Conventus Fratrum Minorum S. P. Fra 
Capucinornm eidem Ecclesia 1 annexus haec humilia grandia amoria 
pignora D.D. die II. Julii, MDCCCXOL 

Reverendissime ac 111 * Domim ac Pater ! 

Est haec consnetndo omnium bonornm filiornm, at patri dilecto 
die ejus anniversario festo cnncta fansta devotia gratisqne animia 
intur. Talis obligatio, «mia pro beneficiia majoribna majorea 
gratias agere debemns, ideo beneficiia coeleatibus, quae omnei 
sum transcendunt, acceptis, in infinitum creacit. Quorum ' 
ciorum a Veatra dementia acceptornm atqae nostra grati animi 
obligationis recordari qob imprimis hodie decet, cum Auni 
rina Sacerdotii Veatri Diea Vigesimua Quintoa aobia peroptato 
illuxit. Quamquam autem jure nobis timendnm eat, ne hoc h 
abili Jubilaei die dignaa Presbyteratus atque Episcopatu8 \ 
laudes pradicare non aimue idonei: at certe gratulari Feli 
aa nobis jucundissimum eat, atque etai aequaquam ] 
Paternitate Veatra attamen pro ooatro Btudio meritam gn 
(h bitamque agere volumi 

A Minima Dei providentia ad aumma Sacerdotii atque Episco- 
patua fastigia provectum veneramur G-ermano Americani eccleaise 
ad St. Alphonsum adscripti, clerici ac laici ; om imum 

Pastorum ac Tutorem Be habere gaudenl ; omnea pradicanl B 



32 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

dotem, Pontinccm et Virtutum Opificem, Pastorem bonum in 
populo ; cuncti laudant Episcopum Irrepreliensibilem, Prudentem, 
Ornatum, Benign um, Justuin. Vera nobis in gloria Dei causa est 
lsetandi, quum Talem habeamus Sacerdotem Magnum ! Quani 
amabilis cunctis nobis et accepta facta est Amplitudo Yestra, 
quum Studium Religionis Yestrum vidimus in congressu Catholico 
Germano-Americanorum Fittsburgii celebrato ! Unde quemquam 
nacti erimus, qui tanta cum potestate tantam moderationem eon- 
cilia vit ? Cuncta Deo adjuvante prsemunit Sapientia Vestra, ut 
lupus Bseviens sequacesque illius in ovile Dominicum ingrediendi 
ad perdendas animas locum non habeant. 

Merito igitur maximas agimus gratias pro Clementia, Benigni- 
tate, Prudentia Yestra, quibus jure optimo confidimus. 

Sancta Trinitas Celsitudinem Yestram sua protectione incolu- 
men custodiat, ut dum sapienti moderamine in Deo magnum, 
quod suscepisti, Episcopale onus peregeris, in die aeternre retribu- 
tionis, eo dicente, audire merearis. 

Euge, serve bone et fidelis quia super pauca f uisti fidelis, super 
multa Te constituam, intra in gaudium Domini Tui ! 

Quod ut Deus Clementise Yestrse pr^estare dignetur, ardentis- 
sime cupirnus atque ex intimo corde oramus. 

Beverendissimo ac Illustrissimo devoti filii, 

Rev. P. Didacus, O.M. Cap., 

Bey. P. Herman Joseph, O.M. Cap., 

Rev. P. Mauritus, O.M. Cap., 

Rev. P. Antonius, O.M. Cap., 

August Gehring, 

Frederick Nolte, 

Frank A. Woeber, Sr., 

Joseph Hohman, 

Christian Steinmetz, 

Michael Kirchner, 

Franz H. Regele, 

George Kuhlmann. 



of Rt. Eev. John J. Kain, D. D. 33 

At the conclusion of Rev. Father Didacus' add -hop 

Kain, deeply affected by the tender Bentiments advanced, an 
respond and spoke in substance as follows : 

BISHOP KAIX'S RE8PON8B. 

"There is aothing thai gives me more true joy than the presence 
around me of so many of the clergy of this diocese. To those 
who have spoken in behalf of my clergy and people I cau Bay that 
on this festal day, the day that commemorates my ordination to the 
holy priesthood of the church, my heart is tilled with joy to know 
that in the midst of my clergy I may always find an affection 30 
pure and true. I have indeed striven to live among yon, rather 
as au elder brother, not perhaps in years, but in thought and 
ing, and far more pleasant to me is this fraternal relation than the 
assumption of a dignity rather inspiring awe than love, and repuls- 
ing and repelling instead of attracting. I thank God that welive 
under different conditions from those that prevail in many other 
countries. Abroad there often exist conditions that raise harriers 
between the bishop and his clergy, and between the priest and his 
people. I thank God that it is different here, and that the rela- 
tionship is nearer that of father and brother. Vet [ am satisfied 
that the body of the priesthood of the old world show no greater 
reverence for their bishops or their flocks to the priests than i> 
shown in the new world. I trust that the cordial and affectionate 
relations which have bound OS together in the past will remain un- 
broken in the future. As fellow priests you can appreciate and 
share in the joyful feeling which this anniversary wakens in my 
heart. Surely the .lay of ordination is a happy day for every 

priest. lie lo.,':.- back to it with reverence and joy, and my heart 
is idled with keen delighl at this celebration of my silver jubilee. 

1 remember that fourteen were ordained on that day by the 
Archbishop of Baltimore, and if I mi-take not ten of them remain 
to-day to celebrate their jubilee-. My first labors in the ministry 
of the church were in a mission obscure in Borne respects, hut in 
others noted, in the classic town of Barper's Ferry. The m 



34 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

then embraced eight counties in West Virginia and parts of four 
in Virginia. I look back upon these first labors of my priesthood 
with sentiments of gratitude to God and deep affection for the poor 
scattered flocks that were in my charge. That little church 
perched on the rock at Harper's Ferry has been the stepping-stone 
to honors for fifty years. My predecessor, the sainted first Bishop 
of Wheeling, was serving that church when he was called to the 
Bishopric. My immediate successor in the church of Harper's 
Ferry was Bishop Van de Vyver, the sixth Bishop of Richmond, 
who is with us to-day. 

When I came among you sixteen years ago I found a noble 
work had been begun. Schools had been founded, churches were 
being built, and missions organized. The work so nobly com- 
menced by the sainted Bishop Whelan remained to be carried out. 
Of those who labored with Bishop Whelan since then four have 
followed him to their reward. Many of you were co-laborers with 
him, and received your ordination at his hands. I hope and know 
to-day that he looks down from his home on high, with joy on 
what you have done in carrying out the work which he so nobly 
began. My mission with you has been rather one of direction and 
guidance, in building up the church so firmly planted in the two 
Virginias by my predecessor. 

I appreciate most gratefully the presence here to-day of our 
brethren, the Bishops of Richmond and Pittsburg, for I know it 
has required a sacrifice of time to leave their dioceses in those 
cities for this occasion ; but words fail to express my gratitude to 
them and to the clergy and laity for the interest they have taken 
in this to me grateful occasion. I cannot find words to express 
my gratitude for the numerous tokens of kindness and love which 
surround me on every hand. I pray our good Father in Heaven 
that we may all be one day gathered in the sacred sanctuary above, 
there to thank him for the wonderful blessings he has showered on 
us. May his blessing be upon you and the prayers of the sweet 
mother of saints be with you." 

At the conclusion of the Bishop's address, the " Te Deum " 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. 

was sung by the choir, and the Cathedral Bervices were at an end. 
The great majority of theclergy repaired to the Bishop's residence, 
where an enthusiastic reception was tendered him. 



THE BANQUET. 



At noon tlte grand banquet for the visiting clergy took place 
in the basement of the Cathedral. The ladies in charge of the 
affair had spared no effort to make it an entire success. Onder 
their deft lingers a complete transformation was wrought apon 
the bare walls of the commodious room. Graceful festoons of 
evergreen were hung in profusion, while, suspended from the ceil- 
ing were baskets of trailing vines and choice flowers. Along the 
eastern wall were placed potted plants and flowers, which added t'» 
the pleasing effect. Above the middle door, trained in a border 
of evergreen, was the inscription, "Aureus Argenteo Sua 
Annus Jubilseus," while beneath upon mi easel was a hands 
life-like portrait of Rt. Rev. Bishop Kain. < >u the center window, 
directly in the rear of the seats occupied bythe Rt. Rev. Bishop.-*, 
were hung the yellow Papal colors and the American flag. The 
dining-room decorations, in all their appointments, have 
been excelled for beauty at any like evenl in this city. 

Three tables were arranged lengthwise in the 1 in, and covers 

were laid for sixty persons. The table decorations were thor- 
oughly in keeping with the other equipments of the room. In the 
center of each table were massed rosea and smilax, that upon the 
middle table, where were Beated the chief dignitaries, being notably 

handsome. There were also bouquets of choice flowers in profu- 
sion. The banquel was Berved in eight courses by a cor] 
cient waiters, under the direction of Mr. E. T>. Carney, of the 

Fori Henry Club. 

At the center table were seated lit. Rev. Bishop Cain; lit. 
Rev. Bishop Phelan, of Pittsburg; lit. Rev. Bishop Van <le 
Vyver, of Richmond; Rt. Rev. Mgr. J. T. Sullivan ; Very Rev. 
H. F. Parke, of Mt. de Chantal; Verj Rev. I >ean Elartnedy, 



36 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

benville ; Very Rev. John B. Murray and Rev. Jeremiah Murray, 
of Cincinnati ; Rev. Father Tierney, of Richmond ; Very Rev. 
Father Stenger, of Charleston, and Rev. Father Hickey, of Park- 
ersburg. 

When the banquet was finished, Rt. Rev. Bishop Kain arose 
and spoke of the harmonious relations between himself and the 
priests of this diocese, and between each other, and compliment- 
ing them on their loyality and devotion to His Holiness, the Pope, 
he proposed that all drink to the health of Pope Leo XIII. He 
then addressed them briefly in Latin, after which Very Rev. 
Father Park was called upon and delivered the following address : 

Rt. Reverend^ Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers : 

" The celebration of this auspicious festival of the Silver Jubi- 
lee in the priesthood of Rt. Rev. Dr. Kain, Bishop of Wheeling, 
in this year of grace eighteen hundred and ninety-one, carries the 
mind back through half a century to the event of 1841 that re- 
stored to the Old Dominion, after a widowhood of twenty years, 
its autonomy as an independent See, and to Richmond its first 
resident Bishop. It recalls, also, the event of 1850, that organ- 
ized the trans- Allegheny portion of the State into a separate 
Bishopric, under the title of the See of Wheeling. It recalls the 
arduous beginning of these newly born apostolic missions, when 
their Bishops for support depended on foreign alms, and their 
flocks, few in number and far between, and hard to reach, eked out 
a precarious subsistence for themselves and their missionaries. 

" It recalls, also, the healthy growth pari passu along the lines 
of gospel progress of both these Virginia Sees, amid the tumult 
of civil war, the obstructions of negro slavery, and the undevel- 
oped resources of West Virginia. And last but not least, gentle- 
men, the feast we commemorate recalls the memory of the saintly 
founder of the Richmond and Wheeling Sees, and of his illustri- 
ous successors, whose learning and eloquence and administrative 
ability and personal worth have secured for them favorable compar- 
ison with the most revered founder of dioceses in the American 



of Et. Rev. John J. Kane, D.D. 37 

Church. In conclusion, Rt. Reverend and Reverend Fathers, 
allow me, in my capacity of Dean in point of enrollment among 
the clergy of the two Virginias, to propose as our joint toast : The 
health, and long life, and plentitude of apostolic success, of the 
present reigning Bishops of the Sees of Richmond and Wheeling, 
Doctors Van de Vyver and Kain." 

Father Park's address was received with applause. At its 
conclusion, Bishop Kain arose, and in a few remarks, called upon 
Bishop Van de Vyver, of Richmond, who responded hriefly, as 
follows : 

" It does not need a great deal of encouragement to get me to 
say a few words on this festive occasion. I am happy to In: pres- 
ent with the zealous and devoted pastors, to do honor to the 
Bishop to-da}\ The words of Father Sullivan recall to my mind 
the days of sixteen years ago — I was then a young priest, called 
upon to succeed your illustrious Bishop as pastor of the Catholic 
congregation of Harper's Ferry. I was fearful and timid in my 
new mission. He had scarcely hid me good-bye, when traveling 
through my missions I heard from the lip> of those to whose 
spiritual wants he had ministered, none hut words of praise, and 
in every mouth was the name of Father Kain. They did not need 
to tell me of his work, because I witnessed it constantly. During 
those nine years, while his mission was an obscure one, I believe 
there was not a mission anywhere as well taken care of as Harper's 
Ferry. To him I owe the little f have been able to do among the 
people during the past sixteen years. Everywhere he was Bpoken 
of as the model priest. And it is not only in my estimation, hut 
that of the Bishops and priests, that he was a model priest, and that 
because a model priest, he Im- been raised to the dignity of a 
prince among priests. Saving his example before me, I endeav- 
ored to walk in hi.- footsteps. And because you have been to me 
the model prieBt, and because of the honor yoo did to the I >i 
of Virginia, because of your talent.- and your piety, I congratulate 
you on this glad occasion, lit. Rev. Bishop, and wish you not only 
the celebration of your Golden Jubilee, but also a long and happy 






38 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

life, having always for your consolation, the love, the devotion, 
and the attachment of your priests." 

The Rt. Reverend speaker was loudly applauded at the con- 
clusion of his address. Bishop Kain then introduced Rt. Rev. 
Bishop Phelan, of Pittsburg, as the representative of one of the 
most important suburbs of Wheeling. Bishop Phelan replied that 
he did not expect to be called upon for an address, and felt that it 
was perfectly in order to be embarrassed. Continuing he said : 

" I appreciate the honor of representing Pittsburg — a sub- 
urb of Wheeling, but Pittsburg is always modest. You under- 
stand my sentiments from the fact that I am here to add the tes- 
timony of my presence to this occasion. I have known Bishop 
Kain long and can bear testimony to his many illustrious qualities. 
One of the things I have noted with pleasure is the devotion of 
the people and their pastors to the Rt. Rev. Bishop. This is as 
it should be. We all have the same labors and the same destiny, 
and the harmonious co-operation of those under our charge makes 
the work more pleasant. I can see this spirit amongst you here, 
and realizing its importance, I congratulate you on the feeling. 
I sincerely trust that, with the blessing of God, this spirit of har- 
mony will continue always." 

When the applause which followed Bishop Phelan's remarks 
had subsided, Bishop Kain, deprecating the unavoidable absence 
of Rt. Rev. Bishop Waterson, of Columbus, called upon Very Rev. 
Dean Hartnedy, of Steubenville, to respond for the Diocese of 
Ohio. The reverend gentleman spoke as follows : 

" I believe I voice the sentiments of the clergy of the Diocese 
of Columbus, when I say that we vie with the clergy of the Dio- 
cese of Wheeling in our admiration of Bishop Kain. You 
count your diocese as one of the smallest in the country. But, 
although in the almanacs it does not appear numerically great, in 
the ability of your Bishop it stands at the head. And it is 
whispered that there are greater things in store for Bishop Kain. 
1 do not know where in the American hierarchy there is one with 
a larger field of usefulness before him, and I expect to see it en- 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. 39 

iarged, in which event I am Bure he will leave- his name as a shin- 
ing mark iti the Catholic history of the United States. Bishop 
Watterson was unavoidably prevented Erom being here, but tb 
is no person in the Diocese of Ohio who holds a higher estimate 
of Bishop Kain than Bishop Watterson himself. We are all glad 
to he here, and I hope the pleasant relations between the I ' 
of Wheeling and Columbus will ever continue." 

The committee of ladies in charge of the banquet, and to 
whom much of the success is due, m ised of Mrs. Emma 

Woods, Mrs. Kate Comford, Miss B. Glannon, Miss Annie G-lan- 
non, Miss Mattie Zinn, Miss Maggie Fallon and Miss May 
Woods. 

TRIP TO THE MOUNT. 

Immediately after the banquet the visiting Bishops and most 
of the visiting clergy took carriages and were dri Mi. de 

Chantal. They spent several hours as the guests of t: - <-f 

the Visitation, in charge of that institution. They .-trolled about 
the delightful walks, and were profuse in their praise of the 
Mount, which was found to he perfect in all it- appointments, and 
thoroughly equipped as a model institution of learning. The E 
terspreparedalunch for the clergy, which was i pleas- 

antly, after which all returned to the city. 

THE PARADE AND ADDREE 

Half-past seven o'clock last evening was the time set for the 
formation of the parade which was to be Mich an important fea- 
ture of the day, and the various societies taking part in it — the An- 
cient Order of Hibernians, the Knight.- of Bt G and St. 
John, the Sodalities of the various churches and the members oi 

the congregations taking part— were promptly OH hand, and the 

column, headed by Mayers' band, was en route through th< 
shortly before eight o'clock. The sidewalks all through the cen- 
tral part of the city were crowded with a vast concourse of people, 
and the parading column wa.- watched with the greatest inter 
While the route of march was being gone over, hundn 



40 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

swelled to thousands, took their way to the vicinity of the Cathe- 
dral, and by eight o'clock the entire width of the street in front 
of that edifice was crowded to its utmost capacity, and the ser- 
vices of police officers were necessary to keep the throng from 
encroaching upon the front of the building. 

About half-past seven the exercises in Convent Hall were 
opened with music, there being present a large audience, among 
which were many of the resident and visiting clergy. lit. Rev. 
Bishop Kain was seated in the center of the hall, facing the south, 
with Rt. Bishops Phelan, of Pittsburg, and Yan de Yyver, of 
Richmond, upon either hand, with Rt. Rev. Mgr. Sullivan close 
by, and about these distinguished prelates were grouped the 
gentlemen who were to deliver the addresses, together with others 
distinguished within and without the Church. 

As soon as the music was concluded Hon. T. S. Riley ad- 
vanced, and saluting the Rt. Rev. Bishops, began his address. 

ADDRESS OF T. S. RILEY. 

Addressing Rt. Rev. Bishop Kain, Mr. Riley said : 
" Rt. Rev. Bishop : It is with no indifferent feeling that the 
laity of your diocese greet you on this twenty-fifth anniversary 
of your priesthood. We know you best and love you most as 
Bishop, for it is in that capacity you have been intimately asso- 
ciated with us, and in which you have been our chief spiritual 
guide and adviser. Sixteen years ago the 23d of last May, when 
you were consecrated Bishop of this diocese in the Cathedral in 
this city, you were quite young, both in years and as a priest. 
You had officiated as priest less than ten years, and I believe at 
the time of your consecration you were the youngest bishop in the 
United States. You were selected from among the many as the 
fittest to fill the place of one who had been consecrated Bishop 
the very year in which you were born, and who had served in that 
high office in the church as many years as you had at that time 
lived. One, too, who, like yourself, by his devotion to the church 
and those in his charge, and his great ability as a minister of the 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kain. D.D. 41 

gospel and manager of church affairs, had won the hearts of his 
people an<l the admiration of all who knew him. So at your 

years in life and experience as a priest the honor, duties, and re- 
sponsibility thrust upon you were such that no ordinary man could 
safely assume. However, it did QOt take your people lo 
learn that as usual Rome had made no mistake and that the man- 
tle of the deceased Bishop had fallen upon the shoulders oi 
able and worthy to wear it. And time and the results of your 
work have only served to confirm those truths. Although the 
laity of this diocese have only been intimately associated with you 
since you became our Bishop, yet you never were a stranger To us. 
Born as you were within the territory that composes our State, 
and served, as you have your God and your people since you were 
consecrated priest, within the State, we have the right to claim 
you as ours from your very childhood. The State too, has the 
right to claim you as one of her gifted sons who has risen to emi- 
nence, influence and usefulness in the Church and State without 
any assistance except your own energy and industry, and I 
grace and those marked abilities which he seemed pleased to be- 
stow upon you. While the State has a just claim npon you as 
one of her true, faithful and patriotic citizens, and the Church at 
large has the right to claim you as a Bishop that Btands high in 
the ranks of those eminent divines who are fighting for the cause 
of religion, and under whose direction and guidance the Church 
is making such rapid progress in this country, yet the laity of 
your diocese have a special interesl ld you, and one thai is para- 
mount to all the rest. We claim you as our Bishop as distin- 
guished from all the other bishop.-- of the Church, and we claim 
for you qualities of both mind and heart that few possess to the 

ee that they are found in you. We modestly insist that no 

diocese of the church in this country has been more favored than 

ours, and that we can say without boasting that we have in you, 

as we had in your predecessor, a model American Bishop 
who understands thai to be a true Catholic and faithful to the 

teachings and mandate- of his church is being true t<» his country 



42 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

and possessing all the qualifications of an honest, upright and pa- 
triotic American citizen ; one who is kind and tender and faithful 
to his people and who possesses that high degree of fairness and 
justice, coupled with Christian charity, that extends to the hum- 
blest parishioner the same cordial and hearty welcome and con- 
sideration that the most exalted is entitled to receive. To-night 
you celebrate your Silver Jubilee as a priest, which is a long time, 
and yet, it is short to us who have received the benefit of your 
untiring and faithful services. Time is not always measured by 
years ; it is measured rather by that which we accomplish. To 
measure your days thus far by this standard you have already 
lived a long life. 

" In the first twenty-five years of your life you accomplished 
all that a student could accomplish at that age in preparing your- 
self for your holy calling. Within the next ten years you so dis- 
tinguished yourself as a priest that you were recognized by Rome, 
and fortunately for us, placed at the head of the diocese ; since 
that time the great work that you have accomplished is manifest 
to every member of your church and to all those outside who are 
posted as to the progress the church has made in the diocese since 
you have taken charge. I can say to you to-night, in behalf of 
the laity, that every heart beats in unison for you and that many 
a prayer will go up this night to the good God that you may be 
long spared to us. We know that you would rather have the 
prayers and the good wishes of your people than any earthly gift 
that we might bestow upon you, but in addition thereto we have 
taken the liberty of placing at your disposal as a memento of this 
occasion a gift in keeping with the day you celebrate, and hope it 
will be accepted by you in the spirit in which it is given, and that 
you may long live to guide and direct us in the pathway of truth 
and righteousness. We ask your blessing." 

ADDRESS OF MR. P. BONENBERGER. 

" Right Reverend Bishop — Your Lordship : 

This evening the St. Alphonsus congregation is approaching 
their beloved Bishop in order to offer their most heartfelt congrat- 



JOHH J. !<•'.. i).D. 

ulations on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ordination to holy 
priesthood. Our hearts arc filled with delight when we see your 
lordship surrounded by yonr children, who have longed for the 
day which would furnish them an opportunity to assure yon of 
the love, veneration and gratitude which they feel for yon. 

"To-day twenty-five years have passed Bince yon hear 
followed the voice of the good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who called 
you to holy priesthood, that yon mighl devote yourself in his 
holy church to the salvation of Bonis. To-day it is twenty-five 
years since the bishop imposed hi- hands on y<>u and conferred 
the full power of priesthood upon von — a power which ell 
man above the angels and makes him the representative of G 
himself. 

" And from that time the only end you sought on earth wi 
do the will of your heavenly Master: hi- grace supported you in 
your trials and his love was the pure flame thai warmed your 
heart and rewarded you for all the labors and sacrif 

" After faithfully working nine years in the vineyard of our 
Lord, the zeal of the young priesl in the laborious duty showed 
his merit and attracted attention. The cable flashed from Rome 
over the whole country the thrilling tidings: ' Pope Pius EX. 
appointed to the See of Wheeling, W". 7a., the Rt Rev. John 
Joseph Kain, known as a priesl of learning, decision and ability.' 

" And since that time, i. e., during sixteen years, we venerate 
your lordship as our Bishop ; we love and esteem yon as our father 
and spiritual guide; we acknowledge In youa true successor to the 
apostles. Bu1 we not only love and venerate you, we also thank 
yon from the bottom of our heart.- for all the good you have done 
for us during the sixteen years. All children owe a deep debt of 
gratitude to their father, but the gratitude of the St Alphonsus 
congregation to your Lordship is far deeper than thai oi moel 
children, because you have in Buch an excellenl way provided for 
our spiritual wants by calling the sons of St Francis as our pastors, 
under whose faithful, wise and gentle guidance our congregation 
is in a prosperous condition, and the g 1 Fathers under your 



44 Sacerdotal Silveii Jubilee 

crosier, and with you, will keep us on the right way to heaven — 
the place of our eternal destiny. 

" Knowing that words are but an insignificant tribute of grati- 
tude, the ladies of our congregation contributed a small part of 
silver and gold, in order to have a share in the souvenir, 
which your children of the Cathedral offer you in form of a pre- 
cious chalice as a trifling testimony of their love and respect. 

" But as a particular token of our veneration, love and grati- 
tude, the good zealous Capuchin Fathers and their trustees, as rep- 
resentatives of the St. Alphonsus' congregation, have presented 
your Lordship with a valuable croiser, or pastoral staff", intended 
to signify that the power and grace of the pastoral office must be 
derived of God. 

" May the Almighty reward your Lordship with His choicest 
blessings for all the cares you have bestowed upon us ; may it be 
His holy will that for many, many years to come you will lead us 
with your crosier on the right path to heaven, that all of us in union 
with the Shepherd of shepherds may celebrate the jubilee of 
eternal happiness. 

" And now, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, I courteously invite 
you to arise and join your voices with mine in hailing the priest 
jubilant, our Right Reverend Bishop. Hurrah ! hurrah ! hurrah ! " 

ADDRESS OP HON. W. C. HANDLAN. 

When Mr. Bonenberger had taken his seat, and the applause 
had subsided, Hon. W. C. Handlan said : 

" ML Rev. Bishop. — The three gentlemen, Mr. Lawrence Ray, 
Mr. Edward Hughes and Mr. John Mullarkey, appointed by 
Father Mullen to represent St. Mary's on this auspicious occasion 
— the twenty-fifth anniversary of your ordination — have, with the 
sanction of Father Mullen, requested me to act with them, and to 
present the small offering St. Mary's has to make to } T ou. I trust 
you will not measure the love and esteem we all have for you by 
the value of our offering, for I know you are as dear to us as you 
are to those immediately around your home. There is not a heart, 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. 45 

young or old, in the parish of St. Mary's, but loves you, honors 
you, and appreciates the great blessing we all enjoy by reason of 
your remarkable abilities, so lavishly used f<>r the benefit of the 
people. I have the pleasure and I esteem the honor, to present 
the token of regard of St. Mary's." 

At the conclusion of WCr. Eandlan's remarks, Rt. Rev. Bishop 
Kain rose, and turning t<» the large audience which tilled the 
Convent hall, he said : 

" It was the original intention to have the ladies and gentle- 
men of the congregation offer their personal congratulations here 
in the hall, hut the room is bo crowded thai Mgr. Sullivan has 
suggested that it would he better to defer thai portion of the pro- 
gramme until after the addresses <>n the platform outside. We 
will accordingly adjourn to the outer air." 

The hall was then .-loaivd of the audience, jusl a- the head <>f 
the marching column came along the Btreet, and a- Rt. Rev. Bishop 
Kain, with Kt. Rev. Bishops Phelan and Van de Vyver, and 
closely followed by Mgr. Sullivan and the other clergy, went out 
into the open air, they beheld an assemblage which tilled the 
entire width of the street, from a point near Fourteenth S 
far north as the vicinity of the site of the Eebrew synagogue, 
and which must have numbered about Biz or eighl thousand souls. 
Bands were playing, banners waving, firework- fizzing and crack- 
ling, people cheering, ami altogether it was an inspiring and inter- 
esting spectacle. 

As the Rt. Rev. Bishops emerged from th< ore sur- 

rounding the convent, the- Knights of Si. George, who had tx 
drawn up on the sidewalk in a double rank, presented arms, and 
the lit. Rev. Bishops and the attendant clergy walked beneath a 
longline of drawn swords \<> the Bouth Btairway Leading to the 
Cathedra] porch, where the way had been cleared by a fora 

police', and mounted to ihe level of the portico. In the 

ter of the portico, on a raised dais, large chairs had beeu placed 

for the Kt. Rev. Bishops, and numerous -eat- for the otto 

and guests. A.mong them was Hon. Judge John Brannon, of 



46 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

Weston. As the Rt. Rev. Bishops made their appearance, they 
were greeted with a hearty round of applause. 

Silence having been restored, Rt. Rev. Bishop Kain rose to his 
feet, and, in a voice full of emotion, said : 

ADDRESS OF RT. REV. BISHOP KAIN. 

" I will do my best, my very dear friends, to make my words 
reach as many of you as possible. Congratulations upon con- 
gratulations have poured in upon me this day, from the clergy and 
from the laity. In the hall of the convent I have just listened to 
the addresses of Messrs. Riley, Bonenberger, and Handlan, the 
representatives of this, St. Mary's and St. Alphonsus' congrega- 
tions, and of the laity of this diocese at large, and I am sure that 
all who were privileged to hear those addresses were more than 
pleased at the handsome manner in which those gentlemen acquit- 
ted themselves of the task which testified to the warm feelings of 
our faithful laity. Personally, I owe a debt of gratitude to them 
for the compliments which they were pleased to convey in their 
addresses, and a debt of love also to those who so enthusiastically 
applauded the utterance of those compliments, and, indeed, to all 
of you, dear friends, who have labored with such zeal in this cele- 
bration of my silver jubilee. 

" If the labors of five and twenty years in the ministry have 
worn deeper lines on my face, and bleached into snowy whiteness 
these once jet black locks of mine, the honors which have been 
showered upon me this day ought to be more than sufficient to wipe 
out these lines, and to restore these whitened hairs. I will not 
say these expressions of loyalty and of affection on the part of 
my good people will have the effect of rejuvenating me — of mak- 
ing me young again — because I do not acknowledge that I am an 
old man yet, even if I do wear 'specs. [Laughter.] Spectacles 
are not altogether a sign of old age. [Laughter.] 

" Twenty-five years in the prospective seems to be a long dis- 
tance off. Twenty-five years gone into the past are but a short 
span. When I look back to July 2, 1866, when I was ordained a 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. IT 

priest, it seems to me but as yesterday. Ah! little did my well- 
wishers of that day imagine that I would live to celebrate m 
ver jubilee. I was then considered to be a victim of that fell 
disease, consumption, and already it was sup] 
itself upon me, but although T have done my Bhare of talking "lin- 
ing the twenty-live years which have followed that time, my lungs 
have not quite given out yet. [Laughter.] [ have no doubt I 
owe it to the exercise forced upon me in the nini of my pas- 

torate at Harper's Ferry, that my voice is strong my health 

better than when I was ordained a priest. I make this -tat. : 
for the benefit of the young clergy, like Father Fitzpatrick 
[laughter], who have to spend so much time in the saddle, in 
mer's heat and winter's storm. That field of labor Buffered much 
from the bitterness of the Civil War. All around were to be 
evidences of that long and fratricidal strife. Churches, like that 
at Winchester and at Berkeley Springs, hud to be rebuilt ; others, 
as that at Harper's Ferry, were sadly in need of repairs. The 
poor scattered sheep of my flock were tryii over the ruin 

of that contest, and I do not deny that the nine years of that life 
entailed upon me much of hardship, but it was not without its 
compensations. Whenever I found an opportunity I offered the 
truths of the gospel, and they were accepted, and whenever I 
could get a knot of people together, in a conn house, or under 
the forest trees, it was my delight to expound the teachings oi our 
holy faith. They were a people poor in this world' _ 
they were rich in faith, and I was loath to part with them, b 
will always keep them in grateful remembrance. 

" The sixteen years of my sacerdotal and episcopal life a:. 
you, my friends, is an open book, from the which 1 

not, on this occasion, read. Four modesty Bhould, perhap-. check 
:pressioD I am going to make. I am satisfied with y 

though I do scold you BOmetimes directly sometime-, and indi- 
rectly at others — and I infer from what has been aid today, that 

you are satisfied with me. This Lb not one of the ] »• >j>ul:i 
ami yet, when 1 look back over the ground, and see what hae 



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accomplished during those sixteen years, I am astonished at the 
results. Within that time thirty churches have been built. One 
of my first efforts was directed towards the reconstruction of St. 
Mary's Church, which was burned during the vacancy in the See. 
St. Alphonsus' has been demolished, and a nobler pile now occu- 
pies its place. It is so at Weston, so at Huntington, so at the 
German settlement in Preston, at the German settlement in Mar- 
shall, at Leading Creek, in Lewis, in Doddridge County, and in 
many other places, and so far as I can judge, the spiritual wants 
of the flock have also been provided for as satisfactorily as possible. 

" There is much need for me to thank God for giving me 
priests so zealous and faithful and so devoted to the Church and 
its Pastor. There are, indeed, more inviting fields, perhaps, than 
the mountains and valleys of West Yirginia ; at least, in the eyes 
of some they are more attractive, but truer hearts — hearts more 
loyal to God and their country — are nowhere to be found than 
among the Catholics of the diocese of Wheeling. [Applause.] 

" I trust, then, my dear, good friends, it may be permitted me 
to spend the remainder of my days among you, and I was not a 
little pleased at table to-day when a neighboring priest dropped 
the hint that I might go to other fields of labor, and I saw the 
disapproval manifested by the clergy. I am satisfied to remain 
here the remainder of my life, and I hope that the prayers which 
have gone up to-day from many hearts, and which I know have 
been heard and answered, that God may give me the opportunity 
of celebrating my Golden Jubilee among you, may be fulfilled. 
[Applause.] 

" This has been to me a day of jubilation — a day of pleasure 
and of deepest joy. I have been reminded of it, even by the little 
ones of my flock, and I could see in their beaming countenances 
that their little hearts were aglow with the spirit of congratula- 
tion to their Bishop, and there are none of whom I am more proud. 
I have received the congratulations of my clergy, and your con- 
gratulations. The presence here of this immense mass of my 
fellow citizens, mainly Catholics, I suppose, but mingled with 



of Rt. Rev. Johs J. K\in. D.D. 49 

them many non-Catholics as well, is all a sufficient indication of 
your feelings. I have also been the recipient, and I prize 
it highly, of a cablegram from \i • e, conveying to me the 
congratulations of the Chief Representative of Christ's flock. And 
what is more fitting to crown this day than to invoke upon myself, 
the clergy, congregation and citizens the benediction of the 
great invisible Shepherd of Souls. May the good God bless you, 
bless you in all your homes, in your enterprises, and in all y< -in- 
actions." 

At the end of the address, which was loudly applauded, tin- 
members of the congregation of St. Alphonsns intoned the Te 
Deum in German, and, accompanied by a brass band, a grand 
chorus rang out, in which thousands joined. The song ended, the 
Rt. Rev. Bishop invoked a benediction upon the multitude, hun- 
dreds kneeling as he spoke the solemn and impressive words, and 
then the great assemblage began to mount the steps and march 
past the Rt. Rev. Bishops and clergy, saluting them as they did 
so, while fireworks blazed and sputtered on all sides. 

In a short time a procession was again formed, and the column 
again marched through the principal streets, the line being illu- 
minated with many red-fire torches and roman candles, and other 
fireworks. It was a fitting close to a most interesting day. and 
sufficiently attests the great love and admiration felt for the object 
of it all — Rt. Rev. John Joseph Kain. 

RT. REV. BISHOP VAN DK vTVER'8 ADDH 

After the parade of the societies they returned to the front of 
the Cathedral and called for Rt. Rev. Dr. Kain. Though the 
Bishop had withdrawn, supposing thai the reception was over, he 
returned accompanied by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Van de Vyver, 
Sullivan and a few of the clergy. < Iheer after cheer went np for 
the Bishop of Wheeling and the visiting prelates. Thereupon 
the li;. Rev. Bishop of Richmond addressed the societies and 
many others who constituted quite an audience. His remarks 
were admirable, and elicited frequent applause. Then three 



50 Sacekdotal Silver Jubilee 

cheers were given for the visiting bishops. A call was made for 
Rt. Rev. Monsignor Sullivan, who in well chosen words and witli 
noteworthy earnestness thanked the societies and all the people, 
non-Catholics as well as Catholics, for the magnificent demonstra- 
tion of the day, in honor of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Kain. The Mon- 
signor closed his remarks with a request that three immense 
cheers be given for the great Pontiff now at the head of the church, 
Leo. XIII. That they were given with a will need hardly be said. 
As the Holy Father, Leo. XIII, by cablegram blessed Wheeling's 
Bishop on his jubilee eve, so now, at the close of the great day, 
honor to the immortal Leo Thirteenth's name was the final act. 

BISHOP KAIN'S SILVER JUBILEE. 
Editorial in Daily Register, July 3d, 1891. 

Yesterday was celebrated in fitting manner the Silver Jubilee 
of Rt. Rev. Bishop John J. Kain of the Diocese of Wheeling. 
The enthusiastic out-door demonstration, and the vast audience at 
the service in the Cathedral, attested the respect, esteem and love 
the Catholics, and indeed all who know Bishop Kain, have for him. 

For a quarter of a century he has as a priest of his church, 
ministered to the spiritual welfare of his fellow men, urging them 
to better things, not only from the pulpit, but by the example fur- 
nished in his pure and Christian life. A man of deep learning 
and study, his chief personal characteristic is his peculiarly gentle 
and kindly nature. Firm in principle as a rock, powerful and 
eloquent in denunciation of wrong and evil, he is yet gentle at heart 
as a woman. Possessing such attractive qualities it is not surpris- 
ing that, though a young man when elevated to the Bishopric, he 
should have been chosen to occupy his present eminence in the 
Catholic Church. It is doubtful if there is a more popular and 
generally beloved member of the priesthood in America. 

The world is made better by such men as Bishop Kain living 
in it. He is yet a young man, as Bishops go, and the Catholics 
of his diocese, together with many sincere and warm friends of 
other denominations, will unite in the fervent hope that he may 
long be spared to administer his holy office. 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kain, D.D. 

THE JUBILEE PRESENTS. 




OFFERING OF THE CLERGY OF THE DIOCESE TO RT. REV. 
JOHN J. KAIN. D.D. 

OK some weeks previous to July 2d, 1891, the Very 
Rev. and Rev. Clergy of the Diocese of Wheeling 
remitted to Rt. Rev. Mgr. Sullivan, V.G., Chairman 
? of the Committee of Arrangements, sums of money 
to be presented to the Rt. Rev. Bishop Kain on 
his Silver Jubilee day. Whilst the total was a respecta- 
ble check, it but faintly expressed their admiration and love of 
their Bishop, as was evident from the expressions accompaning 
each remittance. 

THE BISHOP RECEIVES SOME COSTLY TOKENS OF ESTEEM. 

One of the features of the jubilee occasion was the array of 
handsome presents received by the Bishop in honor of the • 
Almost every Catholic church and society in the diocese contribu- 
ted, and a large number of individual gifts are also included in the 
display. The affection and esteem in which the great head of the 
diocese is held is here attested in a manner that was widespread 
and unmistakable. The Bishop's parlors, as well as the Beveral 
adjoining apartments, were well filled with useful and ornamental 
tokens, all of which were viewed with pleasure during the day by 
hundreds of people. 

One of the most conspicuous gifts in the list was a hande 
gold chalice in an especially designed case. This was presented 
to the Bishop by the ladies of St. Joseph's Cathedral. I 

chalice [fi nearly a foot in height, and is inlaid and inset with vari- 
ous minerals and gems, the whole forming one of the most unique 
and magnificent presents offered. It is unique from the 
that the entire chalice is made up of various pieces of gold and 

silver jewelry donated by the ladies of the congregation, and rent 

to Providence, lih.»de Island, to be remelted into a chalice; and 



52 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

not only jewelry, but diamonds, pearls, emeralds, and many other 
stones figure prettily in the design. It is a present likely loug 
to be cherished. 

Another very handsome present is a solid silver, heavily gilt 
crosier, nicely enclosed in an expensive case, presented by the con- 
gregation of St. Alphonsus' church. 

A purple silk cassock from the Sisters of St. Joseph was also 
a notable present ; also white and gold vestments from the young 
ladies of the Sodalities and Academy. 

A magnificent Bible, also other books pertaining to his office were 
presented by Very Revs. John and Jeremiah Murray, of Cincinnati, 
cousins of Bishop Kain. White silk dalmatics were presented by 
the Sisters of St. John's Home, while the boys of the same insti- 
tution contributed a handsome pah* of slippers. Some fine silver- 
ware was presented by Rev. Father Desmond of Ohio. From the 
Infant Sodality of the school was a card containing a series of 
medals neatly arranged. 

The ladies of Mt. de Chantal contributed a very fine series of 
standard works in literature, while the Sisters of the Mount sent 
in a present consisting of a box filled with silver dollars. The 
Angels' Sodality, of Grafton, sent a silver-handled umbrella, while 
the Infant Sodality of the same place sent a handsomely engraved 
ring. 

The members of the Immaculate Conception Church contributed 
the sum of $100. The orphan children at the Hospital, fully alive 
to the importance of the occasion, sent in a card of handsome gold 
and silver medals. 

One of the prettiest presents seen was a benediction veil con- 
tributed by the Sisters of Parkersburg. A large and magnificent 
silver paper cutter was presented by Rev. A. R. Sidley, of Cleve- 
land, Ohio. The children of the Immaculate Conception gave a 
handsome picture, while Miss Murray, of Cincinnati, contributed 
fine purple rabbis. The children of Benwood came forward in 
a handsome sum of money, the Angels' Sodality, of Parkersburg, 
gave a pair of silver cruets, a box of silver from the Sisters of St. 



or Efcr. , m J. Elain, D.D. 

Mary's, a handsome velvet allium from the Angels' Sodality • 
Joseph, a pulpit stand from Miss Kate Hcil, and a fine, band- 
painted antependium by Miss Helen Devries. These are only a 
few of the presents received. There were dozens of other offer- 
ings contributed by individuals, many of which were in tin- Bhape 
of money. 



Other Demonstrations Connected with Bishop Kain's 
Silver Jubilee. 

MOUNT DE CHANTAL. 

(From Tht Mount.) 

With the quick transition from spiritual joy to innocent mirth 
which true worship always allows, all thoughts were soon turned 
to an entirely different celebration, for this evening had also been 
appointed to honor the Silver Jubilee of our beloved father. Bishop 
Kain. The true anniversary of his ordination will not be until 
July 2, the Feast of the Visitation, but as we will be scattered in 
every direction before that day arrives, we concluded to take time 
by the forelock and have a little fete all to ourselves. First <>n 
our programme came the banquet. Those who have Been OUT re 
fectory only on ordinary occasions can have do idea of Us appear- 
ance when there is a question of a Silver Jubilee ! And two such 
occasions have graced it during this scholastic year ! In our initial 
number for the year we told you of the Silver Jubilee of Mount de 
Ohantal — in our closing number we must describe the fete of the 
President of our school. Well, to return to the refectory. The 
tables were beautiful. His Lordship paused at the threshold t<> 
admire the brilliant Bcene ; and discovered at a glance that the 
tables, gorgeous with flowers, glass and silver, to Bay nothing of 
the choice edibles with which they were laden, formed the letter 
K. That was a complimentary way of informing him that the 
feast was in his honor ; I'm- you musl know that until that moment, 

not a word had been e\cn whispered to suggest any extraordinary 



5± Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

event. The Bishop took his place just at the middle of the K, if 
you know where that is, and in less time than it takes to tell, all 
were seated and the merry-making began. "We will not tell of all 
the good things we had — (we had a great abundance) nor of all 
the wise and witty things we said — with such good cheer we could 
not fail to say much that was agreeable — but we will tell you of 
the concluding remarks of his Lordship, which we considered 
among the wisest and wittiest of the evening. In language which 
we need not record verbatim, he told of a little bird which had been 
twittering in his ear all through the feast and the song of the bird 
was ho-ho-li — ho-li-day ! Would you believe it ? that little song 
of three syllables received immense applause, and was very effec- 
tive too, for all preparations for the examinations having been 
well made, we were given a holiday for the next day. 

A stroll around the grounds followed the supper and then a 
summons called all to the music hall. There the following pro- 
gramme was carried out : 

Piano Solo — " Hark the Lark " Liszt. 

Miss Blanche Moran. 

Vocal Duo—" When I Know That Thou Art Near Me," Alt. 

Misses Eugenia Schmidt and Marie Dent. 

Violin Solo Miss Kathleen Hagan. 

Yocal Solo — " Ave Maria," Gounod. 

Miss Eugenia Schmidt. 

Piano Quartette — " Wassertrager," Cherubini. 

Misses Blanche Moran, Flora Pollack. 

Misses Eugenia Schmidt and Margaret Ketterer. 

Address Miss Marie Dent. 

It is not necessary to make any comments on the rendition of 
the above programme ; the same young ladies will receive their 
due meed of praise for their Commencement efforts. Suffice it to 
say that the whole was thoroughly enjoyed. A certain amount of 



of ] . John J. Kw.\. D.D. 

freedom, which is absent on the more formal fortnighly "musi- 
cales," characterized this little entertainment. < >ne murk of this 
freedom was the throwing of flowers to the favorite performers, 
till the floor was strewn with peonies, rosebuds, etc. The address 
was remarkably well delivered by Miss Marie Dent, who in read- 
ing the passage, " We offer you our gift," &c, gracefully motioned 
our attention to a full set of Brownson's works which stood in 
array on a table beside her. These volumes were marked in gilt 
letters with the Bishop's name and the year. 

The Bishop then arose and addressed us in a most happy vein, 
interesting us greatly by some accounts of his early missions and 
of the early days of the diocese. His address was succeeded by a 
last surprise, a surprise to us as well as to him — the arrival upon 
the scene of a final refection in the form of ice cream and straw- 
berries and cake! In the enjoyment of these, accompanied by 
light-hearted, cozy chatting, the rest of the evening passed away 
and nine o'clock was upon us before we could realize that one of 
our happiest evenings was at an end. 

To The Right Reverend, The Bishop ob Whkbli 
June 4, L891. 
Your Lordsh ip : 

Memory — through whose realms we love to roam, 

Inhaling once again the perfumed air, 
That fraught with thoughts of love, of joy, of home, 

Steals softly o'er our sense, — surpassing fair 
Doth stand, unveiling in the far off past 

A peerless day. Across the vanished yean 
That sever you from youth, that day has cast 

A radiance in whose glow the burning tears 
That Sorrow dropped upon the way, now s(vm 

But glistening jewels; thorns thai pierced the heart 
Assume a golden Lustre ; and the gleam 

Of banished joys rekindles, as athwarl 
The Lengthening vista falls thai ray divine. 

Oh I who can speak the thoughts that rise, or give 



56 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

To joy so sweet, expression ; who define 

The wondrous gift that caused that day to live 
Forever in remembrance ! Words convey 

But feebly what the heart so deeply feels, 
And falter on our lips when we essay 

To name the gifts of God. — Your heart reveals 
What ours must still conceal — 

This happy night 
We come with hearts all joyous to your fete 

Your Silver Jubilee ! In rapid flight 
The years have sped, and on your brow have set 

A silver coronal. Each shining thread 
That mingles with the locks of sable brown 

Was spun from clouds whose radiant linings shed 
No ray on earth, but form a lasting crown 

Of heavenly glory. In its tracery wrought, 
Are days both glad and mournful ; and they glow 

In varied beauty, jewels that have caught 
A ray of God's approving smile. Yet though 

These jewels set in silver, are most fair, 
We wish for you a crown more glorious still, 

A crown whose golden fillets, rich and rare, 
The coming years shall weave with gems until 

Another jubilee be yours. How vain, 
Unworthy, seem all earthly boons, to eyes 

That in the light of Faith behold the chain 
Of heavenly graces which unbroken lies 

Along your priesthood's life ! and yet to-night, 
We offer you our gift with trusting love 

And greet you with a thousand greetings ! Bright ! 
And ever brighter, may your crown above 

Be garnished. Sweet ! and ever sweeter, grow 
Your joys. And though through many clouds you see 

No silver lining, may you one day know 
The bliss of an eternal Jubilee ! 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kun, D.D. 57 

WHEELING HOSPITAL PAROCHIAL SCHOOL. 
Jink 2Gth, 1891. 

LITTLE QIKL9* JUBILEE WISI1E8. 

O, if I were a silver coin 

J low happy would I be ! 
I would buy as nice a present 

As you would wish to see, 
And give it to our Bishop 
On his Silver Jubilee. 

I wish I were a flower, 

So delicate and fair, 
To breathe my sweetest perfume 

Upon the summer air. 
With my flowery companions, 

Blossom, and leaf, and spray, 
I would make for our Bishop 

A spiritual bouquet. 

And I would be a candlestick 
Of silver shining bright, 

And I would on the Altar stand 

Holding a waxen light, 
And there to burn at holy M 

How happy I would be, 
Upon the Becond of -I nly 

The Silver Jubilee. 

And I would be a little pyx 

Of purest Bilver Bheen, 
As pretty and as brighl a one 

As ever yel «a- seen, 
.1 nsl like a little temple, where 

Our Lord would deign to come 

To claim it for 1 lis dwelling place 

To choose it as His home. 



58 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

And I would be a little girl, 

Just as I am to-day, 
With mind to think, with heart to love, 

With power to work and pray. 
And I ean help to celebrate 

This happy day, you see, 
And wish our honored Bishop joy, 

Upon his Jubilee. 



ADDRESS FROM THE GIRLS OF ST. VINCENT'S PAROCHIAL 

SCHOOL. 

June 26th, 1891. 

Rt. Rev. Father : Allow us to offer our sincere congratula- 
tions upon your Silver Jubilee, which you will celebrate in a few 
days. Since that happy day which made you a chosen minister 
of God, twenty-five years have passed. We know little of these 
long eventful years, they seem to us a great many ; but we do 
understand and appreciate your kindness and interest in our 
regard, and will gratefully remember your instructions and coun- 
sels. We feel sure that it will add to your happiness to see that 
souls under your care advance in virtue, so we, though only a 
very small portion of your flock, will endeavor by our fidelity to 
become more and more worthy of your guardianship. 

We beg you will kindly accept this little token of our respect 
and affection, with our best wishes and earnest prayers for your 
happiness in this life, and everlasting jubilee in the life to come. 



ADDRESS OF HOSPITAL BOYS. 
June 26, 1891. 

Rt. Rev. and dear Father : — As the joyous celebration of 
your Silver Jubilee is very near, and you have honored us with 
your presence to-day, we deem it a favorable opportunity to offer 
you our heart-felt greetings in anticipation of the occasion. 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kain\ D.D. 59 

We thank you for your zealous labors in our behalf, and hope 
you may celebrate your golden jubilee also in oar midst. May 
the Good Master, in whose vineyard you have labored so faith- 
fully, reward you witli an increased influx of graces and blessings 
both for yourself and the sheep and lambs under your pastoral 
care, and finally may you receive the crowning gift of all — a death 
precious in His sight. 

May the silver chords of these twenty-five years echo through 
the courts of heaven and vibrate through the ears and hearts of 
those who now rejoice there through your ministry, and give vent 
to a grand hymn of jubilee in your behalf, in which we shall all 
join in spirit until it shall be given to us to sing with you and 
them that deep song of joy which ear hath never heard, nor hath 
it entered into the heart of man to conceive. 

SONG OF GREETING-HOSPITAL BOYS. 
Junk 26, 1891. 
Dearest Father, we salute thee 
With a thousand welcomes here. 
On your jubilee we greet thee 
From our inmost hearts sincere. 
Jubilate, jubilate, jubilate in a^ternum. 

We rejoice it has been given 
Unto you so kind and true, 
So many years of loyal service 
in the ranks of the chosen few. 
Jubilate, jubilate, jubilate in ceternum. 

May the echo of these years 

Sound as far as the Golden Gafo 

A in 1 gladden the hearts of those who entered 

Tlirough your sacred ministry. 

Jubilate, jubilate, jubilate in sternum. 

May do shadow dim the Lustre 
Of this Silver Jubilee. 



60 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

May it be a foretaste only 

Of a grand eternity. 

Jubilate, jubilate, jubilate in seternum. 

BISHOP'S SILVER JUBILEE. 
Twenty-five years of shade and sunshine, 
Years of toil and care, 
Years of faithful duty, 
Years of constant prayer. 

Solace of the sick and suffering, 
Little orphans loving stay. 
See in high and holy duties, 
How those years have passed away. 

The older ones are now rejoicing 
And we children shout for glee, 
Even the very saints in heaven 
Share this Silver Jubilee. 

May they crown you with sweet flowers 
From the fields of heaven above. 
In every leaf of which reposes, 
Some act of your paternal love. 

Oh ! thou kind and loving father 
May it be thy lot one day, 
In the hour of solemn judgment 
To hear our dear Lord say, 
Come thou blessed of my father, 
Come and share our jubilee. 
What you have done for little ones 
You have done for me. 

Rt. Rev. and dear Father:— We are delighted to have the op- 
portunity of wishing you a very happy Silver Jubilee. Last year 
at this time you were absent, and we missed you so much, but now 
we are so glad you are at home this year. A Silver Jubilee is 



of Rt. Rev. John J. K.ux, D.D. 61 

always a grand day, and when it i.s a bishop's it is something to 
remember allone'slife. No doubt you will have a grand celebration, 
and if we children only could we would have just a splendid one, 
but as it is, we can only thank you for all your kindness to us, and 
say a great many prayers for you that God may bestow on you 
His best blessings, and spare you to celebrate your golden jubilee. 



GREETING OP THE LITTLE BOYS OF ST. JOHN'S HOME. 
Junk 29th, 1891. 

'Tis meet, when the faithful shepherd 
His feast of joy doth keep, 
While 'round him gather, rejoicing, 
His own beloved sheep, — 
That even the little lambkins, 
The weaklings of the fold, 
To-day, (as glad as their ciders), 
High festival should hold ! 

Lambs of a blessed Bheepfold, 

Snow-white with innocence, 

Behold we conic in this hour 

Of peace and joy intense, — 

Around our shepherd to gather 

(Merry a> land's can be), 

To keep with the rest, dear Father, 

Thy BiLVEB .1 nai.KK ! 

Mack in the shadowy HyAione, 

Long years ere we were horn, 
A rose on thy favored manhood, 
The light of a glorious mora ; 
A day, indeed, of Balvation, 

Whose -mi should ne'er go down, 
The feast of thine ordination, 

Thy priesthood's peerless crown ! 



62 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

"With the holy oil on thy forehead, 
With the sacred stole on thy neck, 
They make thee a priest forever 
Like unto Melchisedeck ; 
To lift at the blessed altar 
The mystic bread and wine, — 
And offer in " clean oblation," 
The sacrifice divine ! 

Thanks to God who hath spared thee 

Thro' seasons sad or gay, 

For this silver crown of thy priesthood, 

The feast that we keep to-day ! 

And the prayer that rings to the rafter, 

And pierces the heavens free, 

Is : — May He give thee hereafter 

A Golden Jubilee ! 

— E..C. D. 



SCHOOL BOYS AND GIRLS OF ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, BENWOOD. 

June 28th, 1891. 



We keep a double festival 

On this red-letter day, 

Each beams a solitary star 

To light us on our way. 

We have received the first great pledge 

Of what is yet to be, 

And, by anticipation, keep 

Our Bishop's Jubilee. 

He came to lay the corner-stone 

Of our new church to-day ; 

A holy tempi e to our God 

Where we may kneel and pray. 

And where our Lord Himself will come ; 



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"What can more fitting l>e, 
Than on this day to celebrate 
Our Bishop's Jubilee ? 

And when, as time rolls swiftly on, 
This structure fair shall rise, 
And take us to its sheltering arms, 
And point us to the Bkies : 
Then, when we see our hope fulfilled, 
Will not fond memory 
Recall to us this happy day — 
Our Bishop's Jubilee i 

Then shall our prayers ascend for him, 

As they ascend to-day, 

That angels may watch over him, 

And keep all harm away : 

And that he may, as years roll on, 

Still loved and honored be, 

As now, upon this happy day, 

His Silver Jubilee. 

This day seems like an emblem fair 

Of one, celestial, bright, 

When earthly darkness fades, and comes 

A morn without a night. 

And when the glorious church in heaven 

All robed in light we 

Then may we enter there, to keep 

An i ndless Jubilee. 



BOYS AND GIRLS OF ST. MARY'S CHURCH, BOUTS WIIK1- 

.Ii'nk::i);Ii. 1891. 

/if. Si v. and A tr Father: — Though our school forma but ■ 
small part of your flock, and cannot do very much in the v. 



64 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

honoring the approaching twenty-fifth anniversary of your sublime 
calling to be God's holy minister, yet we determined to do some- 
thing to prove to you that our young hearts are joyous over your 
Jubilee, and we shall pray that the silver advent may be crowned 
by the golden one, each succeeding year adding bright gems ill 
the crown awaiting you in that home you have so zealously ln- 
bored for in the past two decades and a half of years. 

Rt. Rev. Father, with love and respect we offer you a little gift, 
wishing it could be much greater ; but accept it, though small, 
from hearts that shall fondly cherish you, and pray that we may 
ever be your true children in the Lord. 



ST. AUGUSTINE'S SCHOOL, GRAFTON, W. VA. 
Junk, 1891. 
Dear Rt. Rev. Bishop : We anticipate to-day one of the hap- 
piest days of your life, the day of your ordination to the sacred 
ministry. For this purpose we have gathered here, to offer you a 
thousand congratulations and good wishes. The return of your 
anniversary this year will be the twenty-fifth, your Silver Jubilee, 
in celebrating which we join most heartily with all the children 
of your diocese in asking God to shower upon you, dear Bishop, 
the graces and blessings which your zealous labors have so richly 
deserved. Sixteen of the twenty-live have been passed in loving, 
devoted service in our own diocese. And when we know the 
heart of one that claims us, and under whose paternal charge we 
are placed, we cannot but feel we are often remembered in his 
prayers ; that blessings, too, are constantly flowing towards us from 
his heart and hand, for a kind father never forgets his children, 
particularly the absent ones. When we least think it or are per- 
haps engaged in our daily duties, we may believe that our father 
has whispered a fervent aspiration to heaven for our spiritual as 
well as our temporal welfare. We thank you then, dear Bishop, 
for these kind remembrances in the past, and for the prayers 
which we know you will offer for us in the future at God's holy 



03 Rt. Rev. John J. K u.\, D.D. 65 

altar. Accept then, dear Bishop, this little souvenir of your Sil- 
ver Jubilee, with the love and greetings of your devoted children 
of St. Augustine's. 



ADDRESS OF BERNARD WINGERTER IX BEHALF OF BOYS OF 

ST. VINCENT'S 8CH00L. 

.J i i.y l, 1891. 

Then Master Bernard Wingerter, in a clear voice, on behalf 
of the pupils of St. Vincent's Select School, delivered the follow- 
ing address : 

Rt. Rev. Father: — Accept our warmest congratulations upon 
the happy occasion of your Silver Jubilee, and permit us to ex- 
press our pleasure at being able to participate in the celebration. 
We wish you a very happy day, and hope we may live to Bee yon 
celebrate your Golden Jubilee. We will then be men — some of 
us may be so highly favored as to be priests, though,..)' course, 
we do not seem much like them now. But wc hope by following 
your teaching and example, we may all become good and intelli- 
gent men, fit for any position in which we may be placed. And 
when that day comes, what a -rami celebration we will have! 
Right Reverend Father, we thank yoa for all your kindness to us, 
and beg your acceptance of a little testimonial, which we wish 
were more worthy of the occasion. 



ODE OF THE ANGEL'S 80DALITY. 

Jn.v 1st, 1891. 

In the white lustre of celestial light 

Of silver radiance, serene and bright, 

Our Lady's Visitation feasl is here, 

Our Mother's 4i Feasl of Graces," pure and dear 

The while, in fancy, we behold her ilee 

From Nazareth to Bebron; while we 

Ilei- lovely, shrouded form and veiled head 



66 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

Glide np the mountain-steeps, devoid of dread, 

Bearing the hidden God, while 'neath her feet, 

The early flow'rets blossom, fair and sweet. 

We welcome with the glad Elizabeth, 

This peerless guest from hallow'd Nazareth, 

This Guest of guests, who bids the desert bloom, 

And sanctifies the Baptist in the womb, 

Who sheds abroad in ev'ry time and place, 

The matchless glory of her virgin face ! 

And who, to-day, comes smiling from the East, 

To crown our Prelate's ordination feast. 

Dear Pastor of our souls ! thrice welcome be ! 
Within these happy halls we honor thee ; 
The vision of thy face in these glad hours, 
Is to our souls like dew to thirsting flowers ; 
Or like the light that gilds the jocund day, 
When night's dark shadow vanishes away ! 

Upon the chaplet of thy priestly years, 
(Time's silver rosary of smiles and tears), 
Angels, to-day, lov'd Shepherd of the fold ! 
Two decades and a half have softly told — 
And every bead that through their fingers rolls, 
Records some gain for God, some good for souls. 
Methinks this feast, this hour recalls to thee 
That feast, that hour of deathless memory, 
When on thy head and on thy willing neck, 
Was laid the priesthood of Melchisedeck. 
And thou, like Mary, wert ordained to bear 
Within thy hands, the Lamb divinely fair ; 
Or, hiding in thy breast, the great High Priest, 
Found every day a Visitation Feast, 
A feast of graces to the sick and dying, 
And unto all in error's darkness lying ! 



of Br. Rev. Johs J. Kadt, D.D. 67 

A priest thou art forever ! wondrous -rare, 
Conferred upon thee in love's holy place I 
'Tie fitting that to-day, both Bweet and strong, 
Thy lips should chant our Lady's blessed song, 
" Magnificat ! My soul doth magnify, 
The Lord, and in my God on high 
My spirit doth rejoice ! " The Mighty One 
Hath done great things to ///"., His chosen son, 
And holy is His Name ! Angels bright, 
Who guided Mary unto Hebron's height, 
And breathed the flowers' delicate perfume 
That neath her sandals burgeoned into bloom, 
Come hither on your brightly waving win 
And shed the blessing of the King of kings 
Upon our Prelate's feast ! Sweet Mary, come, 
And bring dear Jesus from II is heavenly home. 
To bless our Father's Selves Jubd be, 
As once He blessed the home of Zachary ! 
Go with him through the years that still remain, 
His hope, his solace in each care and pain — 
Light of his pathway, lamp unto his feet, 
Guiding him safely to the mercy seat ; 
Turning the thorns that hedge this world of ours, 
Into the glory of immortal dowers ; 
And giving to him, " after many days," 
Beyond the grave, a life of love and pn 
God's glorious guerdon of eternity, 

The saints' and angel.-' endle B jubilee! 

LNOB < J. 1 ►ONNBLLl ■ 
i Recited by Miss Btta W.-ii,-, 



IN ST. JOSEPH'S. 

Thk Rimi.i.iam JuBILSI ExBBOISl it. 

The opening exi E the Bishop's Jubilee will begin this 

evening in a celebration t<> be given at Convent by the pupils of 



68 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

St. Joseph's Academy, under the direction of the sisters of St. 
Joseph. An elaborate programme of music and addresses has 
been prepared and the entertainment will doubtless be a worthy 
and auspicious opening of the great demonstration. The pro- 
gramme is as follows : 

Opening Hymn Sodalities 

Address on behalf of the boys of St. Vincent School. ... 

Bernard Wingerter 

Piano Sextette Pupils from St. Joseph's 

Ode on behalf of the Angel Sodality, composed by 

Eleanor C. Donnelly read by Miss Etta Weitzel 

Yocal Trio Smart 

Misses Susie Reister, Josephine Flading and Katie Gaither. 

Jubilee Poem, composed by Dr. Charles A. Wingerter, read by 

Miss Mary O'Kane. 

Piano Quartette Auber 

Miss Tenie Shafer, Katie Cameron and Delia McFadden. 
Address on behalf of the pupils of St. Joseph's Academy 

Miss Delia McFadden 

Jubilee Chorus, with accompaniment for two pianos, 

composed for the occasion by Rev". J. B. Bauer 

Pupils of Academy 

The features of the programme will be Dr. Wingerter's jubi- 
lee poem and the jubilee chorus by Rev. Bauer. Rev. Bauer has 
the reputation of being an accomplished musician and his chorus 
is said to be a very fine production. 

JUBILEE POEM. 

Following is the complete text of the beautiful poem to be 
read by Miss O'Kane. 

A score and five of golden years have run, 
Since rose for thee that long-awaited sun 
That ushered in thy priesthood's natal day, 
That morn a priest, thou art a priest alway. 
O blessed morn for thee ! Sure even now 



of Rt. Rev. John J. K .m, D.D. 69 

The halo of its memory lights thy brow ! 

Expectant, all aflame with joy, yet awed, 

Low kneeling at the altar-step of God, 

Thou prayedst that thou might'st always worthyibear 

And keep thy priesthood's lily pure and fair. 

Deep in the hush that told how God was near 

To claim thee all His own, what hopes, what fears, 

And oh ! What wond'rous thrill thou must have known 

When o'er thy shoulders priesthood's robe was tin-own. 

How all the meaning of each holy rite 

Grew evermore still vaster to thy sight, 

And made thee know why symbols teach so much. 

Thy bound up hands; the chrism's fruitful touch; 
The priestly breath ; the waving hands that blest; 
The sacred robes that priestly form invest ; 
All these were big with awful meaning then, 
New — flashing to thy watching spirit's ken. 

That morning was a life-time in its joy ; 
A golden day that time cannot alloy. 
A priest! thou wert God's priest, to whom 'tis given 
To bind on earth and it is bound in heaven ; 
To loose and at the word, God wills it loosed, 
An "Alter Christus," Christ in man infused. 
Thy mission like to Christ's and His divine. 
What grander office has the world than thine 1 

To bear the torch of Truth throughout the earth; 
To claim the new born God e'en at his birth; 
To teach the living and to bless the dead ; 

To pour sweet balm on sorrow's Btricken head ; 

To lift the fallen and to Lead him home ; 

To warn the thoughtless souls Lesl they should roam, 

Or call them back from sin's enticing path, 

And make thi of ['rare who were of wrath ; 

To make each fellow-man Christ's willing thrall ; 

To be, in love a Father unto all 



70 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

Such is the Priest's high office ; happy thou 

To have this seal of priesthood on thy brow, 

And we are happy too, thy children dear 

To mark thy lengthening priest-time, year by year ; 

To count the silver milestones that are past, 

Each one a glory added to the last. 

And yet our count is half a useless thing 
For years were made to mark what may take wing, 
And thy great office is no thing of night ; 
It cannot cease or die whilst right is right 
And God is God ; thou art a priest for aye 
Thro' twilight Time and Heaven's glorious day 
That has no night, nor stars, nor any moon, 
But is one brilliant never-ending noon. 
Of time alone we keep our count and care ; 
Time is of God's eternity, man's share. 
And yet in vain we count; for not by years 
Should life be counted, but by hopes and fears. 
By heart throbs, high resolves and good deeds done, 
And battles over self and evil won. 
Good only lives ; vain, lost is all the rest ; 
He lives the longest who has lived the best. 

Thy priesthood then has been in passing long ; 
For thou has nobly fought against the wrong, 
Hast been thy people's helper, comfort, hope, 
Hast taught them how with life and sin to cope. 
When duty called thou thoughtest not to shirk, 
God only knows how great has been thy work ; 
How many erring souls thy zeal has saved ; 
How many tainted ones with pardon laved ; 
How many stumbling ones thou hast upheld ; 
How many weak ones lovingly compelled. 
When duty called thou hast not stinted aught ; 
Thy every prayer and hope and deed and thought 
Have been for God and what he gave to do ; 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kaix, D. D. 71 

The face of earth to sanctify, renew. 

And now to-day God blesses from above, 
Full surely whispering to thee, all in lo 
" Well done the tasks that have been given thi 
Strive nobly still, thy guerdon I shall be." 
Well done ! Well done ! This is thy present crown, 
More precious far than gold or vain renown. 
The future is with God. Thy children pray 
In this the twilight of thy silver day, 
That we again may greet thee'lovingly 
To celebrate thy Golden jubilee. 
Nor this alone; we hope for this on earth ; 
But when through death life knows it> other birth, 
When time and matter and the things that die 
Savi I to be. may we be there on high, 

Palm-bearing, 'mid the white-robed train.-. 
About the throne where God eternal reig 
To heai- His Father voice repeat — " Well don< . 
For mark of endless Jubilee begun. 



ADDRESS IN BEHALF OF THE PUPILS OF ST. JOSEPH'S A.CADEMY. 

Jn.Y 1st, 1881. 

lit. Rev. Father: — Twenty-five years ago, on the beautiful 
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin, you consecrated 
your life entirely to God, by being raised to flu: dignity of the 
priesthood. For twenty-five years our Blessed Lady has 
guided you along the toilsome paths of your duty, repaying 
your zeal and devotion with her maternal protection. Under her 
guidance you have risen to the Bacred dignity of a Chief Pastor 
of the fold of Christ, an.! thi.-, day we assemble to celebrate the 
joyful occasion of your Silver Jubilee. We, the younger mem- 
bers of your flock, highly appreciate our privilege of being per- 
mitted to assist at this celebration. It is a day of rejoiciE 

all, the prie8tfl and the people, the old and the young. it i- a day 



72 Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee 

on which the whole flock assemble around their Chief Pastor, to 
congratulate him upon having been for twenty-five years a guide 
along the paths of peace that lead to the promised land. We also 
wish to express our happiness in possessing such a guide. We 
beg the favor of your acceptance of a memorial of the day from the 
Academy boys and girls and the members of the different Sodali- 
ties, and we earnestly pray that during your future life you may 
continue to lead your flock through the green pastures of holiness 
beside the still waters of peace until you reach the heavenly Jeru- 
salem, there to exchange the mitre for a crown, the crosier for 
the palm of victory. 

Della McFadden. 



A FITTING DEMONSTRATION. 

The demonstration in honor of the Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee of 
E-t. Rev. Bishop Kain to-morrow will be a fitting tribute to a man 
who has contributed ably and wisely to the cause of his church 
and the advancement of his fellow-men. Not only in Wheeling, 
but throughout his diocese, Bishop Kain has been active in works 
of benevolence and reform, a leader in educational matters, and 
prominent in enterprises that tend to the general good. His posi- 
tion has given him a power which he has wielded wisely and well. 
The News sincerely hopes, and it believes it voices the sentiments 
of the large majority of the people of Wheeling without regard 
to sect, that the distinguished object of to-morrow's demonstration 
will be spared, in all his vigor, to celebrate his golden jubilee. — 
Wheeling News. 



RT. REV. DR. KAIN'S REPLY TO THE ADDRESSES AT THE JUBI- 
LEE EXERCISES, ST. JOSEPH'S ACADEMY. 

July 1st, 1891. 
When Bishop Kain arose to respond to the many expressions 
of love, and to thank the Sodality children also for their hand- 



of Rt. Eev. John J. K.ux, D.D. 73 

some gifts, it was with a voice filled with emotion. He spoke «»f 
the occasion which drew forth the assembled audience, and said 
he certainly appreciated it with all his heart. For twenty-five 
years he had been permitted to exercise the duties of a priest. 
Five and twenty years ago he had knelt in a little chapel with thir- 
teen companions and received the Holy Orders. It was a day he 
had anxiously looked forward to — a day of joy; a day which year 
after year he had commemorated, with the sentiment that should 
fill the heart of every priest. He spoke of the sacred privileges 
vested in the priesthood, the administration of the sacraments. 
The power was not given for the priests alone, but for the benefit 
of God's people. For twenty-five years he had been exercising 
these powers, for his own benefit and that of those under his 
charge. He was filled with the spirit of the holy occasion, but, 
after all, it was meant not to honor him personally, but the sacred 
priesthood. Continuing he said : " I have exercised the priestly 
functions among you for the greater part of these live and twenty 
years, for sixteen or more. I have not only tried to speak the 
truths of salvation and lead you in the paths of rectitude, hut have 
also through the ministry committed to me bestowed upon you 
those wonderful graces of God. During these years strong ties 
have grown up between us, not only those ties that unite the flock 
to the shepherd, the congregation to the pastor, but yet more ten- 
der ties, those of the father and his children. There are done of 
my charge with whom I am thrown more familiarly than the chil- 
dren of the schools, and the Sodalities. I have endeavored to 

teach you to walk in the paths of Christian virtue, and to practice 

faithfully the duties of good Catholic children. 1 have rea 
in your company the happiness of a lather commingling with his 
children. At your little diversions, I have taken pari in your 
pastimes and recreations, and while it was a pleasure to me, your 
smiling faces proved it was a joy to yon. And these pleasant re- 
lations of father and children were strengthened in the y< 
spent among you. I may Bay, in all sincerity, that nowhere have 
I had more pleasure than in commingling with you. You have 



74 Sacerdotal Silvek Jubilee 

been to me a reward for all my labors in the sacred ministry, 
entering as a ray of sunshine in my troubles. I trust that in the 
years that I may remain among you our present relations will 
never change, and when we meet at that unending jubilee around 
the throne of God, I can point to you and say, in the words of 
St. Paul, ' Here are my jewels.' " 



IN THE MASTER'S VINEYARD. 

A : truce to labor for a moment's space ! 

The Master bids it. Lo ! the day is spent — 

Thy silver day. Full nobly hast thou bent 
Unto the task He gave. Thy work of grace 
Within His vineyard, growing all apace, 

Invites thee pause a moment in content 

Upon the vine-clad sunrise slope's ascent, 
To meet His glad " Well done ! " and sweet embrace. 

Himself hath seen thy labors : Weed and thorn 

And storm of hate have not made thee recoil. 

Keep courage yet ! Rich guerdon shall be thine ; 
And morrow ushers in another morn 

Whose golden beams will ripe each clustered vine, 

And haste the harvesting of all thy toil. 

Charles A. Wingertek. 



ST. JOSEPH'S, WEST VIRGINIA. 

June 29th, 1891. 
Rt. Rev. and Beloved Bishop: 

We, the undersigned, hereby send Your Lordship our best 
wishes on your Silver Jubilee in the Priesthood : 
1866— July 2nd— 1891 
May the Lord God preserve you in health and strength, may 
He shower down upon you many blessings during your sojourn 



of Rt. Rev. John J. Kaix, D.D. 75 

here in this vale of tears, misery and want. After many more 
celebrations of the anniversary of your ordination to the priest- 
hood, and when the days allotted to you in this pilgri 
are ended, may the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, 
place a crown of never-fading brightness and beauty upon your 
brow for your deeds here on earth. 

John Baker, sr., Wendel Haid, John Scheibclhut, Joseph 
Klug, sr. — Board of Trustees. Joseph Nolte, Theodor Brink- 
meier, sr., Joseph Breiding, John Kress, sr., John Hurley, John 
Bickar, M. A. Bickar, P.M., John Jstep, John jr., John 

Burkhardt, sr., George Jstep, Joseph Jstep, Henry Jstep, George 
Herrmann, Frederic Wehmann, sr., George King, Peter -I. 
Bickar, Casper Becker, William Beeker, Joseph Becker, Gi 
Heurich, William Schaefer, John Wiegand, Frank Schaefer, 
Joseph Wiegand, Theodor Koltz, Joseph Scheibclhut, Ernst 
Wehmann, George Hohinann, sr., Adolph Breiding, Killian Klug; 
Anthony Frohnapfel, Frank Brinkmeier, Frederic W. Wehmann, 
Michael Wehmann, Joseph Faust, Andrew Jaeger, Charles Nolte, 
Frank Tewes, George Wiegand, John Karl, Joseph Frohnapfel, 
Joseph Boesherz, Mattlueus Haid, Henry dug, John Henrich, A. 
J. Stein. 

Catharina Mlug, Angela Kress, Josephine Jstep, Margaret 
Klug, Frances Herrmann, Barbara Bickar, Josephine King, Oani- 
gnnda Hohinann, Gertrude Hacke, Genovefa Blatt, Mary Froh- 
napfel, Anna Breiding, Margaret Scheibelhut, Mary C. Haid, 
Elizabeth Singer, Catharine Burkhardt, Elizabeth Brinkmeier, 
Catharina Becker, Rosa Koltz, .Mary A. Scheibelhnt, Victoria 
Karl, Margaret Boesherz, Teresia Jstep, Catherine E. Stender, 
Barbara Heurich, Gertrude Stein. 

Accept once more our besl wishes and prayers, as also this 

-mall gift from the above named pail' 

Yoi k Sim ki;k a m > DsYOTED ChILDBBS in < 'm:i>T. 

From St. Joseph's, Marshall Co., W. 7a. 

(/// em >.) 

Ivl v. ( h L8. I'. SOHTLPP. 



76 Saoebdotal Silver Jubilee. 

What words can more fitly eonclude this memorial compilation 
than the mottoes referred to in the Register's account of the Sil- 
ver Jubilee : " Sacerdos et Pontifex," (" Priest and Bishop") — 
the two events of the twenty-five years ; " Deo Gratias," (" Thanks 
be to God ") — the diocese's gratitude to God for the same ; "Ad 
multos annos," (" For many years ") — the diocese's wish and 
prayer that its Bishop may be spared for many years ; " Aureus 
Argenteo succedat annus jubilseus," (" May the Golden succeed 
the Silver jubilee.") — a wish most heartful that Wheeling's Bis- 
hop may live to celebrate his fifty years of priesthood and of epis- 
copate. A more numerous clergy and laity would then greet him 
warmly and affectionately ; but the compiler of these notes con- 
fidently feels that more warmth of affection, profounder reverence 
or more manifest loyalty will not exist in the spiritual children, 
clerical and laical, whose privilege it may be to celebrate Rt. Rev. 
John J. Kain's Golden Jubilee. 



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