University of Notre Dame

The Story of Notre Dame
Brother Aidan's Extracts

JAMES, BROTHER (John Dorsey)

"With great regret I hasten to inform you of the almost sudden death last night of our dear Brother James, late Director of the Apprentices here. For some time past he had been confined to the Infirmary apparently threatened with disease of the lungs. But for a month past he had regained his health and strength to such a degree that a change of climate was deemed by the recent Provincial Chapter a sufficient means to restore his constitution. He was delighted with his appointment to Texas, and expected to start on Monday. But men only propose and God disposes as He pleases.

"About 12:00 last night he was yet speaking frely, and no one around him apprehended any immediate danger; and yet, three minutes later he breathed his last, probably before the priest could reach him and give absolution and Extreme Unction.

"Brother James, (John Dorsey) was 28 years old, and a professed member of the Congregation since September 14, 1873. He was beloved by all who knew him." August 25, 1875

"'AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT.' At a quarter before 12:00 p.m., August 24, Brother James, a religious of the Congregation of Holy Cross, was called from this world at Notre Dame. He had been slightly ill, but was expecting to be able to start in a few days for a distant mission (Texas), to which he had been recently appointed." 1875

See Under "Manual Labor School" in Large File.

"Brother James died suddenly when Director of Manual Training School, Wednesday, August 25, 1875. Good Brother, delicate, Director of Apprentices; Placed house on good footing, established order, cleanliness; often sick.

"First to be buried from new Church" S.B. TIMES, Aug 28, 1875

"Brother James -- John Dorsey; died August 25, 1875. He had been a Franciscan Brother at Loretto, Pennsylvania. He was a good Brother but very delicate. Appointed Director of the Apprentices, he placed the house on a good footing, established order and cleanliness. But his exertions were too often interrupted by spells of sickness and in one of them he expired almost suddenly, having barely time to receive absolution. His burial was the first performed in our new Church" GRANGER MEMO

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