Rev MH Corgan Obituary
FATHER CORGAN WILL BE BURIED ON WEDNESDAY Popular Priest Passes Away At Mercy Hospital Sunday ORDAINED IN 1902 Arrangements are being made today by Rt Rev. T. C. O'Reilly, bishop of Scranton, for the funeral of Rev. M. H. Corgan. who died at Mercy Hospital, Sunday morning and who will be buried Wednesday morning with a solemn requiem high mass In St. Francis Church. Nanticoke. Father Corgan, who had been 111 for the past year, underwent a serious operation two weeks ago but did not rally from its effects. He was one of the best known clergymen of the diocese, having been ordained thirty years ago. Father Corgan was born in Nanticoke fifty-six years ago the eon of the late M. H. Corgan, a well known mine operator who owned coal mines In Virginia at the time of his death, and received his early education in St. Francis parochial school, being in the first class to graduate from that Institution just forty years ago. He then took his college preparatory and college course In St Vincent's College at Beatty, Pa. His theological course was pursued at St. Mary s Seminary, Baltimore, Md. On July 21, 1900, Father Corgan was ordained into the catnonc priesthood at St Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the late Rt. Hev. M. J. Hoban, second bishop of the Scranton diocese. His first assignment as a curate was to St. diary s Church, Wllkes-Barre, where he served under the late Uev. Monsig- nor R. A. McAndrew. His next assignment was as assistant to the late Rev. P. J. Broderick at Sus quehanna and from there he was transferred as curate under the late Rev. T. J. Comerford at Arch- bald where he spent several years. Father Corgan's first pastorate was at St Anthony's Church, Hto- welL Wyoming County, where he spent several years, liesides his pastoral duties Father Corgan tork an active interest in the public affairs of the farmers of that section and did much to assist them in marketing their products and getting them a fair profit In nianv ways he assisted the people in their public welfare. The deceased clergyman's next pastorate was at Clark's Summit and then Rock Lake. About a year ago Father Corgan received a leave of absence on account of the serious condition of his health. He retired to the home of his mother at Nanticoke and while there consulted several Philadelphia specialists concerning his health. Several weeks ago his con dition grew serious and it was decided that his only hope of recov ery was an operation. This was performed at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barra two weeks ago. He never rallied. " Father Corgan was one of the outstanding scholars of the Catholic clergy of the Scranton diocese. During his college and seminary career he stood at the head of his class each year. His average marks In scholarship were so high that he was among the very few of his class who were privileged to pre- vinity. He was also noted for his scholarly sermons and was looked upon as one of the most gifted preachers In the diocese. Father Corgan was one of a large family, his mother, Mrs. M. H. Cor gan, a sister, Mrs. R. B. Sheridan, wife of Attorney Richard B. Sheridan, and Attorney Edward C. Cor gan, both of Nanticoke, being his only survivors. The body of Father Corgan will be taken to St. Francis Church, Nanticoke, Tuesday afternoon with every honor befitting his priestly life. He will lay In State until 9.30 o'clock Wednesday morning when solemn high mass will celebrated with the priests of the diocese re citing the divine office. The funeral party will leave the Corgan home at 298 East Main street at 9 o'clock and will pro ceed to St Francis Church for the funeral mass. Burial will be in the family plot In St. Francis cemetery.