REV. THOMAS J. LARKIN, WHEELING
From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
Rev. Thomas J. Larkin is pastor of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Egington Lane, Wheeling. Few clergymen of any denomination have had more interesting careers than Father Larkin. A scholar, a capable executive and a popular personality, his position in the life of Wheeling is one of influence and dignity. He is among the best-known of the city's citizens, although he dates his residence here only since 1924.
Father Larkin was born in County Derry, Ireland, April 26, 1856, son of James and Eleanor (McIvor) Larkin. He studied at St. Mary's College, Dundalk, Ireland, and from 1878 to 1882 attended the Catholic University at Dublin, Ireland. From 1882 to 1884 he taught in St. Vincent's College, Senlis, France, and came to the United States in 1884, to Algiers, New Orleans, Louisiana. He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1885 at Algiers, and appointed to the teaching faculty of Jefferson College, Louisiana, where he taught for six years.
In 1891 Father Larkin went to Salt Lake City, Utah, to join the teaching faculty of All Hallows College, where be remained until 1902, and during that period as vice-president of the college for four years, and president for eight years. In 1902 he returned to Algiers, La., as pastor of Holy Name of Mary Parish. He filled that office eighteen years, being successful in developing the material prosperity and the spiritual unity of his parish to a remarkable degree. From 1920 to 1924 he was pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church at Westerly, Rhode Island. He has been in his present post since July, 1924.
In 1927 Father Larkin undertook a task of expansion at St. Michael's Church, Wheeling, which will stand as a landmark in the church's history. To build a new modern school structure, and if possible a new church and residence, he has launched a campaign to raise, among his parishioners, the funds needed. The confidence he inspires as an executive is revealed in the recent news that an anonymous citizen has deposited the sum of $25,000, to be applied to Father Larkin's building project, provided the sum be equalled by contribution among the parishioners. Father Larkin is assisted in his work by Rev. Theodore Roser and Rev. Andrew S. Keltus.
Father Larkin is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, a member of Algiers Chapter, Algiers, La.