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James Anthony Walsh
|Titular Bishop of Seine|
Superior General of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
|Successor||James Edward Walsh|
|Ordination||20 May 1892|
by John Joseph Williams
|Consecration||29 June 1933|
by Pietro Fumasoni Biondi
|Born||24 February 1867|
|Died||14 April 1936 (aged 69)|
Maryknoll, New York, United States
|Buried||Maryknoll, New York, United States|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Title as Saint||Servant of God|
The son of James Walsh and Hanna Shea, James Anthony was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After completing his elementary education in the public schools, he attended Boston College High School where, in extracurricular activities, his skills in debating and journalism were first recognized and developed. He began his college program at Boston College, interrupted it to study bookkeeping, transferred to Harvard College as a "special student," and completed his studies at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Boston. He was ordained on May 20, 1892, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.
After ordination, Walsh was appointed curate at St. Patrick's Church in Roxbury, where he directed sodalities and organizations for both the young men and women of the parish. In 1903, he was appointed Diocesan Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and in 1907 founded The Field Afar magazine, a monthly publication about the foreign missions of the Catholic Church.
Walsh's interest in the foreign missions led to his founding, together with Rev. Thomas Frederick Price, the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America (C.F.M.S.A.) (commonly referred to as the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers) in 1911. He acted as spiritual father and co-founder, with Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, of the Foreign Mission Sisters of St. Dominic (now called Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic). He served as Superior General of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers until he died in 1936. During the founding process and in his service as Superior General, Walsh made trips across the United States, Rome, and other places throughout the world.
In 1933, Walsh was named to the episcopacy as Titular Bishop of Seine. He was consecrated in Rome on June 29, 1933, in the College of Propaganda Fide by Cardinal Fumasoni-Biondi. He died at Maryknoll New York, on April 14, 1936. His teachings as a priest gave students strong encouragement to follow their dreams in life.
- Choral Sodality Handbook (1898,1955)
- A Modern Martyr (1907)
- Thoughts from Modern Martyrs (1908)
- Walsh, John Anthony (1919). Observations in the Orient: The Account of a Journey to Catholic Mission Fields in Japan, Korea, Manchuria, China, Indo-China, and the Philippines. Ossining, N.Y.: Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America. OCLC 782089664 (all editions).
- In the Homes of Martyrs (1922)
- All the Day Long, Daniel Sargent (1941) Longmans, Green & Company