Recollections of My Life and Reflections on Times and Events During It: A Memoir by Father W. J. Howlett

First priestly ordination in Kentucky, of Rev. Robert Abell

"Not enough of it is left now to constitute a ruin, but it's little old church is there yet, the first cathedral of Bishop Flaget, where the early priests were ordained and where I was present at the Golden Jubilee of the first Kentucky priest there ordained in 1818, the Rev. Robert Abell, familiarly known as “Uncle Bob” when fifty years later he came there to celebrate the event with all the clerical staff of the church in Kentucky wishing him many more years and more honor and merit as a climax of those busy ones of labor and accomplishment just closing."

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