BENTON, REV. GILBERT LIGUORI, the beloved rector of St. James' church, Steelton, Pa., was born in Newry, Blair county, Pa., December 10, 1857. He is a son of Frank H. and Elizabeth (Christy) Benton. In 1867 he removed with his parents to Renovo, Clinton county, Pa., and obtained his elementary education in the public schools of that town. He subsequently attended St. Vincent's College, near Latrobe, Pa., and after completing a thorough collegiate course in that institution, he entered St. Bonaventure Seminary, Allegany, Cattaraugus county, N. Y., where he took his philosophical and theological courses. On December 21, 1882, he received the "minor orders" in the Cathedral at Buffalo, N. Y. He was ordained to the sub-deaconship December 23, 1882, at the Seminary of our Lady of Angels, Suspension Bridge, Niagara county, N. Y., and to the deaconship, December 24, 1882, at the Cathedral, in the city of Buffalo, N. Y., by the Right Rev. Stephen V. Ryan, Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, N. Y., and continued his studies at the above named seminary until January 24, 1883. On this date he was ordained to the priesthood in St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pa., by the Right Rev. J. F. Shanahan, Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg. On February 3, 1883, he was appointed to the assistant rectorship of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, at Mount Cannel, Pa. A little over four months later, June 22, 1883, he was appointed assistant rector of the Pro-Cathedral at Harrisburg. November 1, 1883, he was removed to Sylvan Heights Seminary, and was professor of Sacred Liturgy there until July 8, 1884; he was then re-appointed to the assistant rectorship of the Pro-Cathedral at Harrisburg. He remained in Harrisburg until October 1, 1887, when he was appointed to the rectorship of St. James' church, Steelton, his present charge.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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