Patrick Augustine Stanton, O.S.A.
Father Patrick Stanton was born in Castlebar,
County Mayo, Ireland, in 1826 and was a nephew of Reverend Thomas A. Kyle,
He first came to the United States in 1841, but the next year returned to
Europe to make his novitiate at Tolentine, Italy. He studied for a time at
Perugia and was ordained a sub-deacon by Cardinal Pecci, who later becomes
Pope Leo XIII. He returned to the United States in 1847 and was ordained to
the priesthood in 1848 at Saint Augustine's Church in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, by Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick.
Father Stanton served at both Saint Augustine's and Villanova College. In
1858, he was appointed Commissary Provincial of the American Augustinians,
an office he held until 1866. In 1859, he took up residence at Saint
Augustine's, Philadelphia, where he lived until 1869, when he became
President of Villanova College. He held that post until 1872. Two years
later, in 1874, he was appointed Commissary General to preside at the first
Chapter of the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova. He also served on the
Commission for the Revision of Rules and Discipline.
Pope Leo XIII, in 1884, appointed Father Stanton to act as Socius and
Secretary to Monsignor Sepiacci, the papal delegate to the Third Plenary
Council of Baltimore, where Father Stanton served as theologian and notary.
In 1886 he was appointed Advocatus Diaboli in the cause of Bishop John
In 1889, he attended the General Chapter of the Augustinians in Rome as
ex-Assistant General. Shortly after returning from Rome, Father Stanton
became seriously ill. He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 28 February
1891 at the age of 65. He is buried at Saint Augustine's in Philadelphia,
Source: Necrology of the Augustinian Provinces of the
United States of America
(Revised, May 2000).