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The Story of Notre Dame
Brother Aidan's Extracts

JEROME, BROTHER (Felix Riley -- Died Nov. 11, 1871 -- Same as below)

Brother Jerome, 42, a good farmer; silent, quiet, devoted" SORIN MEMO, 1846

Brother Jerome has gone to his home. He departed this life last Saturday and his mortal remains now rest in the unpretentious cemetery of the religious of Holy Cross.

"Brother Jerome was one of those hardy men who, years ago, entered the Community here, when it was struggling against poverty to maintain its seemingly precarious existance. He was a living witness of the truth that those Catholic institutions which are intended by Divine Providence to do a certain work on earth, depend not at all on human aid for their existance and success, but simply upon the fidelity and zeal of the members in observing their rules, and doing their utmost for the success of their undertaking.

"Brother Jerome came to Notre Dame in 1844, and never quitted the precincts of Notre Dame during the whole of the time that elapsed from the date of his entrance to the day of his death. Though he served the Community in only a subordinate capacity during that number of years, he performed his duty well and faithfully, and to him no doubt have been spoken those words of reward, EUGE SERVE BONUM. Welcome, faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord" SCHOLASTIC, Nov. 18, 1871

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