Theologian; b. Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, Nov. 18, 1811; d. Maynooth, Nov. 15, 1882. He entered Maynooth in 1829 and was elected a Dunboyne scholar, which meant three years of graduate study. He was appointed to a chair in theology and occupied it until his death. His major theological work, De Ecclesia Christi (3 v. Dublin 1860–66), was long a source book for Catholic controversialists. He was intensely interested in the theological education of the laity and wrote four volumes of Essays, Chiefly Theological (Dublin 1850–53) for this purpose. At his death he was prefect of the Dunboyne Establishment, revered for his kindliness as a professor, for his holiness of life and for his intellectual gifts.
Bibliography: d. coghlan, c. g. herbermann, ed., The Catholic Encyclopedia, 16 v. (New York 1907–14) 10:646–647.