Rev. Alexander Sherwood Healy Papers
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Record group contains primary and secondary sources written by, for, and pertaining to Reverend Alexander Sherwood Healy. There are two lectures, as well as six folders of many notes, writings, and sermons written by Rev. Healy. There is also a religious play written for Rev. Healy by Rev. James O'Leary during Healy's tenure as Rector of the Boston Cathedral, as well as the Death Card honoring Healy upon his death in 1875. The final folder contains two newspaper articles from 1980 about Rev. Healy.
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Alexander Sherwood Healy was born near Mason, Georgia in 1836 to Michael and Mary Eliza Healy. Michael Morris Healy was an Irish-born former soldier and immigrant, and he married Mary Eliza Healy, a mixed-race enslaved woman. Because their marriage and children were considered illegitimate, Michael and Mary sent their children to northern schools for their education. By 1844, the Healy brothers were sent to the new Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.
Sherwood became one of the best educated priests of his day. After being ordained in 1858 in Paris, he went on to earn a doctorate in Canon Law in Rome. An accomplished theologian, he spoke several languages and specialized in church music. Sherwood would go on to be appointed as rector of Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Biography from "Overview of Healy Brothers" from the Bishop Healy Committee webpage on the College of the Holy Cross website.
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