The Worland Family in America and Beyond

I began my life in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, on an island filled with forests and wild rhododendrons. I was separated from my Worland family there at an early age. Recently, I was reunited with my family and learned of my heritage. And so, this journey to know my ancestors began. The Worlands, Gideons, Newtons, Conards... they were the colonists, the settlers, the pioneers. They fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War. This is their story, and the story of a nation. -Deci Worland MacKinnon

Friday, December 31, 2010

1733, Flanders

St. Francis Xavier
My fourth great granduncle, Arnold Livers (1705-1767), was a Jesuit Priest.
In 1974, a list of early priests and nuns of Maryland birth who entered convents or monasteries abroad in the 17th and 18th centuries was compiled by Brother Thomas W. Spalding, C.F.X. It contains this entry:

LIVERS, Arnold. Son of Arnold (and Helena ?) Livers of Prince George's Co. h. 11 May 1705. Entered the Society of Jesus 7 Sep. 1724 and was ordained. He returned to Md. in 1734 and served at St. Thomas Manor, Newtown, and St. Inigoes, where he d. 16 Aug. 1767.

Arnold Livers attended the College of Liege, Flanders, where he studied Philosophy and Theology. He entered the Society of Jesus in Watten, Holland on September 7, 1724.  In 1733 he graduated, was ordained and assigned to the missions of Maryland.
Upon arriving in Maryland, he was assigned to St. Thomas Manor in Charles County. He was assigned to St. Francis Xavier in Newtown, St. Mary's County, where he received his final vows in 1742. He then was assigned to St. Ignatius church on Cross Manor, St. Inigoes in St. Mary's County, where he remained until his death in 1767.

He is said to have administered to the Catholics of Boone's Chapel in Prince George's County, Conewago Chapel in Pennsylvania, and later at the Elder chapel at the home of his sister, Jacoba Clementina Livers Elder, in Emmitsburg, Frederick County.
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