Anonymous [View Citation] [Table of Contents] [Page Numbers] Portrait and biographical album of Washtenaw County, Michigan : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, together with biographies of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1891, 633 pgs.
Rev. Father W. P. Considine.The reverend gentleman of whom it is our pleasure and privilege to here give a biographical sketch in outline, is the pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church at Chelsea, where he came in 1885.He has a membership of one hundred and seventy families and the church in which he holds service has a seating capacity of six hundred and fifty.It is a fine brick structure, elaborate in all the finish of its departments.Connected with it is a finely-fashioned and beautifully-furnished residence, which is doubtless the most desirable of any church house in Michigan.It is surrounded by about one acre of land and is charmingly situated in the center of this enclosure, which grounds are beautified by trees and shrubs.
Father Considine is a native of Detroit, Mich., and was born February 9, 1857.He is a son of John and Bridget (Keegan) Considine, who were married in Detroit, in 1856, the father having settled in that city in 1852, and for twenty years he held a position in the car shops of the Michigan Central Railroad.
After that he became engaged as a builder and contractor and now holds a responsible and remunerative position as contractor of street paving for Detroit.He keeps busy a large force of men and is the owner of a number of houses.
Our subject's father has filled many important offices in the city and has been President of the City Council and also Alderman.He has taken an active part in school matters and holds one of the firmest financial positions in that city.Politically he is a Democrat and does good work for that party.The mother of our subject died in 1887.Father Considine is one of the three children born to his parents.His sister, Elizabeth, who is a graduate of the High School of Detroit, is now a teacher in the Tappen School of that city.John Jr., is now Circuit Commissioner for the county of Wayne.The father of our subject has spared no means or trouble to give his children educational advantages.They are all members of the Catholic Church. Father Considine received the rudiments of his education in the public schools of Detroit, after which he attended Assumption College at Sandwich, Canada, and then became a student at St. Vincent College, Pa., and later graduated at St. Mary's College at Baltimore, Md., in 1882.After finishing his education he became assistant in the Church of Our Lady of Help in Detroit, where he remained nineteen months and was then sent to Northfield, this county, as pastor, where he remained twenty months, and was then given this charge, which he assumed in November, 1885.He has also in connection with this the charge of St. Mary's Churcy at Pinckney, where he has a parochial following of one hundred families and labors there every third week.
The church at Chelsea was established in 1865 and the edifice was erected at a cost of $25,000.Father Considine is highly respected by the people of the town in general and much loved by the members of his own church.He is a worthy gentleman who seeks the good of the masses.