REV. FATHER JAMES J. HARTLEY, pastor of the Holy Name church, of Steubenville, was born in Columbus, Ohio, June 26, 1858. He was reared to manhood in his native city, receiving his earliest education in the parish schools of that place. At the early age of twelve years he entered Saint Aloysius seminary, of Columbus, where he began his studies for the priesthood. His theological studies were finished at the seminary of Our Lady of Angels, of Niagara, N. Y. He was ordained a priest at Columbus, July 10, 1882, and shortly afterward was sent to Steubenville, where he first served for three years as assistant pastor of St. Peter's church, August 6, 1885, the parish of the Holy Name was established in the southern part of Steubenville, and Father Hartley was appointed pastor, since when he has performed the priestly duties of that church. When he entered upon his present charge his parish was burdened with a debt of over $10,000. With indomitable energy and perseverance Father Hartley, with the assistance of his parishioners, has not only freed his church from debt, but has also succeeded in establishing an excellent school, which ranks as one of the best in the diocese. The school is under the charge of the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary's, Columbus. The present church building of Holy Name parish, though intended for a temporary structure only, contains a fine auditorium, and has a seating capacity of about 600. It is a frame building, however, and it is safe to predict that in the course of a few years it will be displaced by a church structure that will be second to none in the state. Father Hartley's ministerial ability is of a very high order, and there is every reason to believe that a vast field order, and there is every reason to believe that a vast field of usefulness yet awaits him.
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