The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Stang, William

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STANG, William, Roman Catholic bishop of Fall River, Mass.: b. Langenbruchen, Germany, 21 April 1854; d. Rochester, Minn., 2 Feb. 1907. Received his primary education in the German Gymnasia and his philosophical and theological training at the American College, Louvain. Ordained priest in Mechlin, 15 June 1878, and came to Providence, R. I., in October of the same year. Was successively assistant and rector of the Cathedral, pastor of Saint Ann's and Saint Edward's parishes, and superior of the Diocesan Missionary Band. He was consecrated first bishop of Fall River in the cathedral, Providence, 1 May 1904. Among his best known works are ‘Life of Martin Luther’; ‘The Eve of the Reformation’; ‘More About the Huguenots’; ‘Germany's Debt to Ireland’; ‘Pastoral Theology’; ‘Historiographia Ecclesiastical’; ‘Theologia Fundamentalis Moralis’; ‘Spiritual Pepper and Salt.’