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Very Rev. Cajetanus Sorrentini

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:14 am    Post subject: Very Rev. Cajetanus Sorrentini Reply with quote

VERY REV. CAJETANUS SORRENTINI was born in Rome, Italy, August 7, 1815. From his youth up he felt called to the ecclesiastical state, and hence devoted himself assiduously to study and preparation for the work before him. His early education was received in Naples, which he completed at the Jesuit College in Rome, where he graduated and was ordained priest on September 19, 1839. Shortly after his ordination he was appointed a professor of theology in the Seminary of Amolfi, Italy, which position he retained till he received instructions from the Propaganda to journey to Jerusalem in the capacity of a missionary. After three years of severe labor in this field, his impaired health compelled him to return to his native Rome, but not till he had left behind him a substantial memorial of his zeal and humanity in the construction of St. John's Hospital, which he founded and pushed to completion.

After recruiting himself in "The Eternal City," he came to the United States, and was for a time assigned to important pastorates in the dioceses of Philadelphia and of New Orleans. He also, in a religious capacity, visited Peru and Chili and other countries on the west coast of South America, where his eloquence as a pulpit orator attracted much attention.

In 1877 Father Sorrentini came to Salinas, Monterey county, California, where he has since continued to reside. On his arrival here the outlook was not promising. There was no pastoral residence, only a small wooden church, and the flock had grown negligent. He set himself to work to restore matters, to renew and reform, and now the fruit of his labor is seen in a handsome brick church, with frescoed walls, containing a costly marble altar; a parochial school, with accommodations for one hundred and fifty pupils; a comfortable residence for the pastor; and a spirit of unity and zeal in the congregation that is indeed refreshing.

His golden jubilee, the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination, was celebrated in Salinas, September 19, 1889; on which occasion a vast concourse of the clergy and high dignitaries of the church assembled to felicitate the venerable priest.

Source: A Memorial and biographical history of the coast counties of central California : illustrated : containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time, together with glimpses of its auspicious future, illustrations and full-page portraits of some of its eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and prominent citizens of to-day. Chicago; Lewis Publishing Co. 1893.
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