Father Ferdinand
Updated: 5/8/2020
Father Ferdinand

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  • Early Life
  • Service to God
  • Father Ferdinand was born in Germany on October 13, 1720. His original name was Andreas Steinmeyer He originally wanted to become a doctor but changed his mind and in 1743 he entered the English Province of the Jesuit Order.
  • Contributions to the Church
  • Arrived in the colonies in 1752 to begin his work as a missionary. Translated his name to Ferdinand Farmer in order to blend in. He traveled on horseback to preach to the 394 scattered parishioners in the colonies.
  • When the British withdrew from the colonies he extended his expeditions into New York. He became an early member of the American Philosophical Society and in 1779 he was elected a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Legacy
  • Built Saint Peters Church in Manhattan which still stands to this day.
  • He is sometimes called the Father of the Chruch in New York and in New Jersey
  • Father Ferdinand died in August 1786 at the age of 65. He is buried in Old Saint Josephs Church Cemetery in Philadelphia