Ireland was one of the leading religious figures in Minnesota's past. He also worked tirelessly to promote immigration in Minnesota and the Northwest. He was the driving force behind the building of the St. Paul Cathedral.
~Craig Johnson, St. Paul, MN
During the Civil War, John Ireland was just an infantry clergyman, but he saved the life of my great-grandfather, Mathias Logelin. His jaw had been shot off and was to be left behind because of the maggots in his chin. Father Ireland was persuasive in having him put on a train headed for Kansas and then to MN. Later it was said that the maggots also saved his life because they were eating the bacteria that reduced the infection.
~Theresa Utecht, Apple Valley, MN
Archbishop John Ireland recruited Catholic European immigrants to settle and farm the land of southwest Minnesota: Swift, Big Stone, Nobles, Murray, etc.
~Helen Langer, Cottonwood, MN
He was influential in building the education system of Catholic schools.
~Marjorie Mountain, St. Paul, MN
First prelate of Catholic Church in St. Paul. Cathedral of St. Paul was erected under his tenure.
~Rosemary Desmond, Eagan, MN