Nagle, Rev Patrick J.


December 18, 1951

Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 17 March 1875
  • Place of Birth in Ireland: Cork
  • County: Cork
  • Education: St Melleray, Waterford and American College, Louvain, Belgium
  • Date of Ordination: 15 July 1900
  • Place of Ordination: American College, Louvain, Belgium

Diocesan Appointments

  • Assistant – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wichita – 11/1/1900 to 6/30/1901
  • Pastor – St Patrick Parish, Chanute – 7/1/1901 to 7/1/1915
  • Pastor – St Agnes, Castleton – 1917 to 4/15/1917
  • Pastor – Mary Queen of Angels, Fort Scott – 7/1/1915 to 7/1/1917
  • Pastor – St Teresa, Hutchinson – 7/17/1917 to 4/30/1923
  • Chancery – Diocesan School Board Member, Wichita – 12/5/1923
  • Chaplain – Mercy Hospital, Independence and the mission of All Saints, Liberty – 9/15/1931 to 8/1/1935
  • Pastor – Mary Queen of Angels, Fort Scott – 8/1/1935 to 10/31/1950

Father Nagle, while in Chanute, hosted an event at the local opera house. It was a contest of music and elocution. Entry fee was $.25 and a gold medal was awarded to the best piano player and best singer and a set of books awarded to the best elocutionist. The contest was open to those 13 years of age and older. The entry fee also covered the cost of admission to the grand lecture that was shared following the contest.

Father Nagle was the first resident Catholic pastor for the new St Patrick Parish in Chanute. Prior to his arrival in Chanute, St Patrick’s was recognized as a mission. Since his arrival in 1901, the number of parishioners grew to 400. Father’s personality and admirable character had earned him the respect of all people in the area regardless of their faith affiliation.

In 1907, St Patrick’s Parish in Chanute had a special celebration on St Patrick’s Day. Their new Catholic Church building was being used for the first time as a place of worship, they were celebrating their parish namesake on his special feast day, their pastor, and Father Patrick Nagle was born on this day. Little did his parishioners know, but when he was born, his family was living on St Patrick Street in Cork, Ireland. His first sermon following ordination was on St Patrick, his first church where he was pastor was St Patrick’s in Chanute where he also built his first school. He told the reporter he had a premonition that he might die on St Patrick’s day with a twinkle in his eye.

In an interview with The Catholic Advance in honor of his silver anniversary in the priesthood, Father Nagle credited Bishop Hennessey for his recruitment to Kansas. He said “…I didn’t know anything about Kansas when I came here twenty-five years ago but I have never regretted coming and expect I’ll spend the rest of my days in my adopted home state.” In recognition of his 25th anniversary celebration, the parish hosted an ice cream social and bought Father a new Oakland Coach automobile.

  • Date of Death: 18 December 1951
  • Place of Death: Fort Scott, Kansas
  • Age of Death: 76
  • Cause of Death: Heart attack
  • Funeral Celebrant: Bishop Mark K. Carroll
  • Burial: Mary, Queen of Angels Cemetery, Fort Scott, KS

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