Lebuffe, Francis Peter

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Author, editor; b. Charlestown, S.C., Aug. 21, 1885;d. New York City, May 27, 1954. He was the son of Adolphe F. and Mary (Guillemin) LeBuffe. After receiving his early education at Gonzaga College, Washington, D.C., he entered the Society of Jesus (1901) and studied at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and at Woodstock, Md., where he was ordained on June 28, 1915. A physical collapse prevented sustained work for three years, after which he became regent (192022) of the School of Law at Fordham University, N.Y., and published a book on jurisprudence. He was dean of the Fordham University School of Social Service from 1923 to 1926, when he joined the staff of America and also became managing editor of Thought. After 1939 he devoted his time to writing in New York City. Besides several books, he published hundreds of articles and pamphlets on current topics and devotional subjects. He possessed varied interests and was the founder of the Eastern Jesuit Philosophical Association and the Jesuit Anthropological Association; president of the Catholic Anthropological Conference; director of the Catholic Press Association; moderator of the Catholic Evidence Guild; and regional director of the sodalities of the Blessed Virgin.

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