MOST REVEREND EDMOND FRANCIS PRENDERGAST 1843-1918
The Most Reverend Edmond Francis Prendergast, third Archbishop of Philadelphia, was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland, on May 5, 1843. When he was sixteen he immigrated to America and almost immediately entered the old Saint Charles Seminary at Eighteenth and Race Streets. A talented student, he was ordained at the age of twenty-two.
Father Prendergast served as assistant at Saint Paul’s Philadelphia and in Susquehanna County. He soon became pastor of Saint Mark’s, Bristol; Immaculate Conception, Allentown; and Saint Malachy’s, Philadelphia. In 1895, he was named Vicar General of the Diocese and two years later Archbishop Ryan consecrated Monsignor Prendergast as Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia on July 16, 1911.
During his episcopate, which was short in years, his accomplishments were many. He was known as a master builder and a real estate genius. He increased parishes and parochial schools. He founded Saint Francis Country Home for Convalescents and Saint Edmond’s Home for Crippled Children. Until his death in 1918, Archbishop Prendergast was esteemed by priests and laity as a friend and solicitous father.