- He was ordained priest in 1892. From Catholic University, Washington, D.C., he received in 1894 the degree of doctor of sacred theology. He was named chancellor of the archdiocese of New York in 1903, and was president of Cathedral College, New York, from 1903 to 1914, when he was chosen auxiliary bishop to the aging Cardinal Farley. From 1917 he served as chaplain bishop to the armed forces of the United States. On Mar. 10, 1919, he succeeded Farley as archbishop of New York and was created a cardinal in 1924.