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of Toronto, was born there on
October 4th, 1845. He is

the son of James Cassidy, who came
from Fermanagh County, Ireland, and
settled in Toronto. The Dean received
his education at the separate schools
and St. Michael's College, Toronto, and
in 1866 he entered the Grand Theo-
logical Seminary at Montreal, and was
ordained to the priesthood of the Roman
Catholic Church by the late Archbishop
Lynch, at St. Michael's Cathedral,
Toronto, in October, 1568. He then
became assistant pastor of the churches
in the parishes of Brock and St. Catha-

rives. In 1871 he was appointed over the churches at Thornhill and Richmond Hill, subsequently he had charge of the parishes of Pickering and Toronto townships, Peel County, where he remained for over ten years, after which he took charge of the church at South Adgila. In 1859 he became Dean of Barrie, where he remained until January, 1891, v~hen he was appointed pastor of St. Helen's Church, with the title of Dean of Toronto. The numerous churches built by Father Cassidy will stand as monuments of his affectionate service and untiring energy in the prosecution of his work.


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