The Catholic Church.
-- The first clergymen of the Catholic Church who held services in
Manchester were Rev. Fathers P. J. Clabby and R. McGrath. In 1872,
under Father Clabby's pastorate, the subscription for building a
church was begun, assisted largely by many citizens if Manchester,
and work was commenced under Father Clabby's direction and continued
under Father McGrath, who saw its walls completed and roof put on.
Rev. Mr. McGrath was succeeded in 1875 by Rev. J. F. Nugent, who
completed the church. The building is of stone, forty-four by
sixty-six feet in size, and is located on the south side of Butler
Street, about a block west of Franklin.
still remains the honored Pastor of the Manchester church, having
also charge of the church at Delhi. He is an eloquent and
captivating speaker, and invariably draws crowded houses. The
Catholic Temperance Society at Delhi was organized by him, and his
example and wise counsels serve to secure and maintain entire
sobriety in the churches under his charge.