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.
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