Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Reverend Edward Stone—a Carmelite priest in New York

Lawrence Flanagan may not have been the only member of the family who became a Carmelite priest. In the next few pages we will examine evidence that a Reverend Patrick Flanagan was connected with Tubber church on the Clara Road not far from Moate. I have yet to prove that he was a direct relative, though he was clearly a different individual to the two men named Patrick Flanagan who were Lawrence’s father and brother, as both were married with children.

My mother-in-law, Catherine Dwyer, nee. Stone (aka Kitty) told me that one of her ancestors named Edward Stone was also a Carmelite priest and was also based in New York. I speculate that this could have been a brother of Kitty’s grandfather Daniel Stone (Edward born at Lurgan in 1857 to Timothy Stone and Elizabeth Cahill).

I have found this obituary from a New York paper of 1903 which reports the death of a priest named Edward Stone.

There is a note in Alfred Isacsson’s history The Carmelites, The Province of St Elias which refers to Rev. Edward Stone's funeral in March 1903:

‘ In March, 1903, Romaeus Edward Stone died of pneumonia. His service at the parish and Bellevue Hospital were known and admired. Archbishop Farley presided at the funeral Mass. Thirty-five priests were present as well as a large number of laity. Over one hundred carriages were required for the procession to Calvary Cemetery. ‘

Another record in The Carmelite Review of January 1894 provides the obituary of a priest named Thomas Feehan from Kilkenny who served at the Church of Our Lady of the Scapular of Mount Carmel in New York. The solemn Mass of requiem celebrated by Edward R Stone.

The American naturalization record of Edward Stone, clergyman, dated 2 August 1900, shows he first entered the USA on 10 September 1891.

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