design of the original Saint John's Cathedral. If all of this meant that the people of Saint Patrick's were to sacrifice upward mobility to preserve the clannish neighborhood of the parish, Conlon seems to have said, "So be it." Thus, not one, but three generations of Saint Patrick's men continued to work as laborers on the docks unloading the ships coming to Cleveland laden with the newly discovered iron ore from Minnesota. Or they found employment in the new steel mills rising in the flais near the parish. Their neighborhood stayed tightly Irish nearly halfway into this century; it was proud, independent and aloof, long after James Conlon died in Charity Hospital in 1875.

Saint Malachi Parish

       Perhaps none of this could have continued had an Americanist of the persuasion of Bishop Rappe succeeded Conlon or had pastors of an Americanist bent founded the parishes split off from Saint Patrick's. This was, in fact, not the case. In 1865 Bishop Rappe appointed Father James Molony to begin a new parish east of Saint Patrick. He called it Saint Malachi, and it embraced the poorest of the poor in what came to be called by old Clevelanders, "The Angle." This parish overlooked the docks as did Saint Patrick's, but was closer to them, indeed within walking distance of the men to their work. Molony, himself a quiet man like Conlon, remained pastor of Saint Malachi from 1865 to 1903. Toward the end of his life he came to be regarded, perhaps because of his remoteness from his people, as something of a neighborhood saint. He .....(continued page 158)




Early Cleveland Priests all born in Ireland "1871"


Fifieth jubilee of St. Malachi's Catholic parish. November 7, 1915