REV. MICHAEL JOSEPH STACK.
One of the most prominent and influential religious leaders in Kings county is the present able and popular pastor
of St. Brigid's Catholic church in Hanford, the Rev. Michael J. Stack. Father Stack was born in Ireland, on the
20th day of June, 1890, a son of William Edward and Catherine (Nolan) Stack. William E. Stack was a citizen of
the United States, but the family were in Ireland when Michael Joseph of this review was born.
Michael Joseph Stack was reared in the land of his birth and secured his elemental education in the schools there.
Afterward he became a student in St. Patrick's College at Carlow, where he took the required work in philosophy
and theology and in 1914 was ordained a priest and assigned to the diocese of Los Angeles. His first appointment
was as assistant pastor at the Cathedral at Los Angeles, later being given active pastoral work, serving successively
in Pomona, San Bernardino, Redondo Beach, then a year in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo county, two years in Porterville,
two years in Reedley, and on November 23, 1924, was appointed pastor of the church in Hanford. With a full appreciation
of the importance of the work here Father Stack has taken hold of and prosecuted the parish work with a vigor and
enthusiasm that has proven contagious, and today the church is enjoying the greatest prosperity in its history.
Plans are being prepared for a new church building and every phase of the church's activity is being encouraged
and advanced in a very gratifying degree. Unassuming in manner, but cordial and earnest in his attitude to others,
Father Stack has won a host of warm personal friends since coming to Hanford and is a definite and widely recognized
influence for good in the community.
Father Stack is a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and present state chaplain, and is also a member
of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Fond of golf and other outdoor
recreations, he fosters and encourages in others a love for God's great out of doors and an appreciation of the
beauties of Nature.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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