New Rochelle, NY Church Fire, May 1904

Risked Life To Save Sacrament

Heroic Paulist Father Rushes Safely Through Flames In A Burning Church

Special to The Inquirer.
New Rochelle, N.Y., May 13.-With flames raging fiercely about him, Father Kennedy, a Paulist missionary, risked his life at a fire in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New Rochelle early this morning to save the blessed sacrament.

The priest was asleep in the rectory when the fire broke out at 1:30 o’clock, and he was awakened by the crackling of the flames. Without waiting to dress, he rushed into the church in his night clothes and took the host from the altar.

The flames spread so rapidly that the priest could not return through the rear entrance, so with his sacred burden he fought his way through a blinding smoke to the main entrance. In his haste he had not waited to put on his shoes, and as he ran through the hot floors blistered his bare feet.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 14 May 1904