Chaplain Peter Tissot

37th New York Volunteer Infantry, "The Irish Rifles"


Peter Tissot, S.J., Obituary printed in a "Biographical Supplement of the Woodstock Letters, pp. 407-408, Vol. 19, 1890.

Father Peter Tissot, Died at St. Francis Xavier's, N.Y., June 19, 1875.

Born in Savoy, on the feast of St. Theresa, 1823, Fr. Tissot studied grammar, humanities, and rhetoric in the college of the Society at Melun.

He entered the Society at Avignon, Oct. 10, 1842. and after his noviceship went to Brugelette to review his rhetoric. While engaged in the study of philosophy he was sent at his own request to the American mission in 1846.

He completed his philosophy at Fordham, at the same time that he filled the office of prefect. There also he taught the sciences for some years, studied theology and was ordained priest in 1853. From 1854 to 1857 he was minister and procurator, in which offices he was again engaged after his tertainship. Then, too, he began to realize the hope of his life by being allowed to engage in the work of operarius, in which he displayed such zeal and tact that he was finally permitted to devote himself entirely to missionary work.

For three years of the civil war he was engaged as chaplain in the army. He was once captured by the Confederates and imprisoned at Richmond, where he continued to draw souls to Christ by his zeal, and by his patience in bearing the disease from which he was suffering.

After the war, he was again occupied as minister, procurator and for a time as vice rector, stilý uniting with these offices a zealous exercise of the ministry. About this time, he wrote several brief treatises of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin.

Being finally allowed to devote himself entirely to missionary work, he gave missions and retreats all over the country with indefatigable zeal and wonderful success, devoting his efforts principally to the spread of the devotion to the Sacred Heart and to frequent Communion.

During all these labors he was a sufferer from a complication of infirmities, which finally developed into a triple cancer, obliging him to desist from his missionary work.

But if this forced inactivity he did not cease to edify by his wonderful patience as much as he had done before by his untiring zeal.

In these pious dispositions he passed quietly away, leaving his name in benediction among clergy and laity. He had been professed of the four vows on Aug. 15, 1860.


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