Macevilly, John

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Archbishop and exegete; b. Louisburgh, County Mayo, Ireland, April 15, 1818; d. Tuam, Ireland, Nov. 26, 1902. He was educated at St. Jarlath's College, Tuam, and at Maynooth, and was ordained in 1842. Appointed professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Jarlath's in 1844, he was its president from 1852 to 1857. He was elected bishop of Galway in 1857, appointed apostolic administrator of Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora in 1866, and attended the Vatican Council I (186970). H was made coadjutor of Tuam in 1877, and he became archbishop in 1881, a post he held till his death. In spite of his many episcopal cares, he found time to engage in serious Scripture studies and has the honor of being the first English-writing Catholic commentator on all the New Testament Books (except Revelation). His works, formerly in wide use in the English-speaking world, are now largely outmoded.

Bibliography: j. j. twomey, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner, 10 v. (2d, new ed. Freiburg 195765) 6:125657. j. healy, Maynooth College: Its Centenary History (New York 1895) 622624.

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