University of Notre Dame

The Story of Notre Dame
Brother Aidan's Extracts


"Brother Benjamin (Richard Barron) one of the oldest members of the Congregation of Holy Cross died February 21, 1910, at the Community House, Notre Dame. A few days earlier he was taken ill and pneumonia developed, which cause his death. The venerable Brother enjoyed a green old age, for he was born as long ago as 1834 near the historic city of Drogheda, Ireland. His family name was Richard Barron. In 1854 he entered the Congregation of Holy Cross and three years later made his religious profession. During the half century and more that has passed since then, the zealous and devoted Brother labored assiduously for God in various schools and colleges of the Order. Always active and vigorous, he was at his post of sacristan in Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame till the last. Three years ago his Golden Jubilee as a religious was celebrated by his brethren with much solemnity." THE CATHOLIC COLUMBIA, INDIANAPOLIS, 1910

(Brother Benjamin made his religious profession in the hands of Bishop Josue M. Young, of Erie, a convert and a friend of Notre Dame, Aug. 15, 1875)

Teacher at Notre Dame 1871

"Brother Benjamin left on Monday for Alton, Illinois, where he will be engaged in teaching." SCHOLASTIC, January 5, 1884

"On last Monday afternoon another figure familiar to the students of the University passed away from the scene of his labors in the person of Brother Benjamin. For many years Brother Benjamin held the important position of sacristan in the Sacred Heart Church. Punctual, devoted, exact in the important details of religious ceremonies, his death leaves a very responsible position to be filled.

"While the devoted religious has been ailing for some time, his death came somewhat as a surprise to all at Notre Dame." SCHOLASTIC, 43:341, 1910

See Sonnet to by A.B. O'Neill, SCHOLASTIC, Vol. 41:14, 1907

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