Anthony F. Ciampi


Anthony F. Ciampi SJ (January 29, 1816 – November 24, 1893) was an Italian-American priest of the Catholic Church and member of the Society of Jesus.[1][2][3]


Anthony F. Ciampi

Portrait of Anthony Ciampi
4th, 6th & 8th President of the College of the Holy Cross
In office
1869–1873
Preceded byRobert W. Brady
Succeeded byJoseph B. O'Hagan
In office
1857–1861
Preceded byPeter J. Blenkinsop
Succeeded byJames Clark
In office
1851–1854
Preceded byJohn Early
Succeeded byPeter J. Blenkinsop
4th President of Loyola College in Maryland
In office
1863–1866
Preceded byJoseph O’Callaghan
Succeeded byJohn Early
Personal details
Born
Antonio F. Ciampi

(1816-01-29)January 29, 1816
Rome, Papal States
DiedNovember 24, 1893(1893-11-24) (aged 77)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeJesuit Community Cemetery
Alma materPontifical Gregorian University
Orders
OrdinationJuly 23, 1848
by Samuel Eccleston

Early life


Portrait of Ciampi seated

Antonio F. Ciampi was born on January 29, 1816 in Rome, Papal States, to a prominent family, which included Ciampi's uncle, Cardinal Giuseppe Sala.[4] He was educated at the Pontifical Gregorian University,[5] before entering the Jesuit novitiate at Sant'Andrea al Quirinale in Rome on September 7, 1832. Following his philosophical studies at the Gregoriana, he was assigned to a Jesuit school in Piacenza, where he taught grammar from 1839 to 1840, and then at a school in Ferrara, where he taught grammar and the humanities from 1840 to 1844. In 1845, he returned to Rome to study theology for one year.[4]

Ciampi was then invited by James A. Ryder, the president of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, to become a missionary to the United States; Ciampi accepted and sailed for the United States. He continued his studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he was ordained a priest on July 23, 1848.[4]

College of the Holy Cross


First presidency

Ciampi was appointed the President of the College of the Holy Cross on August 28, 1851. Within a year of his appointment, on July 14, 1852, a devastating fire consumed the entire college building, except for its east wing and library, despite the efforts of the fire department and local citizens of Worcester to haul water a quarter of a mile up the hill from the river. The student dormitories with their possessions were lost, and the uninsured college faced a cost of $50,000. The fire was believed to have begun on the third floor by a professor who was burning old examination papers. Left without any place to stay, the neighbors offered lodging to the faculty and students.[6] Within a few months, work began on rebuilding the school using the contributions of donors throughout the Diocese of Boston.[7] A new and larger building was opened on October 3, 1853.[8]

Death


Ciampi died on November 24, 1893 in Washington, D.C. and was buried in the Jesuit Community Cemetery at Georgetown.[4]

References


  1. "Rev. Anthony Ciampi, S.J." College of the Holy Cross. Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  2. "Photo Perspective - Founders and Presidents: Rev. Anthony Ciampi, S.J." College of the Holy Cross. Archived from the original on August 24, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  3. "Position Specification: Chief of Public Safety" (PDF). Spelman Johnson. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 16, 2018. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  4. Lapomarda 2000, pp. 116–117
  5. McNamara, Pat (July 24, 2012). "Father Anthony Ciampi, S.J. (1816-1893)". Patheos. Archived from the original on April 27, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  6. College of the Holy Cross 1883, p. 18
  7. College of the Holy Cross 1883, p. 21
  8. College of the Holy Cross 1883, p. 22

Sources

Further reading


  • Lapomarda, Vincent A. (2017). Anthony F. Ciampi (1816-1893): The Jesuit Who Saved the College of the Holy Cross. Worcester, Massachusetts. ISBN 9781532338168. OCLC 1001434857.