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"THE TRUE STORY OF FATHER JOHN'S MEDICINE"
 
doors of St. John's hospital operated by the Daughters of Charity opened.  Here medical care was available to many more than before.

     This was also the time of flagrant anti-Irish
and anti-Catholic sentiment.  On more than one occasion the parish was threaten with violence. Twice the convent and school were visited by political committees who took it upon themselves  to investigate supposed atrocities.   Both times the O'Briens were summoned.  Father Timothy once 
threatened the visitors not to harm the Sisters.  Troughout these visits the work of building the  community continued.

     Barely a St. Patrick's Day went by when toasts
were not given to the  Fathers O'Brien and all the
work which they were credited.  Their job of instilling religious zeal to a group who faced the task of providing for there own immediate needs was not easy.  There own example served as the best teacher.  Together the O'Briens formed St. Patrick's in the image they has envisioned.  In 1855 Timothy O'Brien suffered from a bout of pneumonia and died.  The local paper wrote of his passing and of the work he did, something not done for many Irish at this time.  His funeral took place at the large granite-structure which had  replaced the crumbling wooded church built in 1831.  The church had been dedicated just the year before and he was interred in the churchyard.

     Father John's work had to continue and he would have a number of years remaining at St. Patrick's before his death in 1879.  Father Michael O'Brien, a nephew of John and Timothy, came to assist his uncle.  It was during this time that  properties were built and support societies were formed.  The number of Irish grew as well.  The Girls' School had added an academy for boarders.  Its reputation spread far obtaining students from many areas.  The Xaverian Brothers were brought in to teach the boys.  The Working Girls Home was added for those young women who wanted a

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