Family History


Thank you for Msgr. Thomas Shelley’s profile of the courageous abolitionist, Father Thomas Farrell, part of the new series May Their Memory Be a Blessing (CNY, Feb. 25).

Father Farrell, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village during the Civil War, was the celebrant of the marriage of our maternal great-grandparents, Bridget Hicks and John Cutley, on Oct. 7, 1866. The beauty of St. Joseph’s Church, and the empathy of the Irish-born pastor for the young couple from County Roscommon who survived the Irish Famine, must have given Bridget and John beautiful memories of their wedding day, 155 years ago this October.

We look forward to reading more articles in this monthly series about priests who have served the Archdiocese of New York. One of its upcoming writers, Father Michael Morris, was a gift to all history enthusiasts when he so ably served as a parochial vicar at our parish, St. Joseph in Bronxville.

Sheila Waters
Nancy Waters