REV. JOHN P. KEARNS, pastor of St. Michael's Roman Catholic church of Greenville, Pennsylvania, is a native of Trumbull county, Ohio, born December 31, 1865 He was educated in the parochial school at Clarion, Pennsylvania, and at St. Bonaventure's College and Seminary, Allegheny, New York, and was ordained with the class of 1897. He then became curate at St. Joseph's church at Warren, Pennsylvania. In the summer of 1898 he became rector at St. Bartholomew's church at Tidioute, Pennsylvania, where he remained until the autumn of 1898, then removed to Clarendon, where he served as rector of St. Catherine's church. November 10, 1898, he became rector of St. Michael's church, at Greenville, Pennsylvania. When he took charge here he established the parochial school which was held for a time in the old church building. Later he built a modern school building of concrete material. This structure was completed in 1903 and the number of students now is from two hundred to two hundred and twenty-five. They are taught by the Sisters of Mercy of Titusville, Pennsylvania, who teach all the grades from primary to high school grades. There were twelve graduates from this excellent school in 1906.
In 1901 Father Kearns built a fine brick parish house. He has also made many other lesser improvements about the premises, including the interior of the church, expending about ten thousand dollars, including the three thousand dollar organ.
Father Kearns is the son of Michael and Mary (Dougherty) Kearns. The father was born in county Sligo, Ireland, and died October 9, 1886, aged forty-six years. The mother was born in county Mayo, Ireland, and now resides in Dubois, Pennsylvania. She is a woman of superior worth, deeply religious and a true Catholic mother. To this union were born eleven children, all living at this date, but one. Father Kearns was the oldest child. A second son, Father James J. Kearns, is at present assistant priest to the pastor, Father John P. Kearns. His father was a miner, also a contractor an(l builder. He was a deeply religious man, a devout Catholic, and sought above all things the religious and moral education of his children.
Father Kearns stands high in the esteem of his fellow workers in the various fields in which he has been called to work. He is very active in the upbuilding of all that's good and ennobling in the community.
Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, page 477