Redden, Father Pierce

1962, July 18

Date of Birth: 1900, December 2

Pierce Redden was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on December 2, 1900. His early education was in Youngstown from 1907 to 1916. In 1919 he entered St. Charles College in Catonsville, Maryland in the third year of high school. He graduated from St. Charles College in 1923. As a candidate he was recalled to the United States to teach at St. Charles College while at the same time finishing his theological studies. In the following year, 1928-1929, he received subdiaconate and diaconate at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore on September 24th and 25th, at the beginning of his Solitude in Catonsville. During his Solitude, on March 22, 1929, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Cleveland in the chapel of St. Charles College by Archbishop Curley of Baltimore.

Father Redden continued at St. Charles College as a teacher – primarily of French and Science – and as Prefect of Discipline. In 1935 he went to The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., to study Mathematics. He was awarded an M.S. in 1938. On his return to St. Charles College, he resumed his teaching and also became Treasurer. In 1942 Father Redden was assigned to St. Joseph’s College in Mountain View, California. He returned to St. Charles College in 1949. In 1960 he took on the chaplaincy of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and remained their chaplain until his death. He died in Cleveland, while doing parish work there during his vacation, on July 18, 1962.

Adapted from the Borromean and from Fr. Redden’s “Personal Data” sheet.