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Jesuit Father Arnold Damen provided critical aid after Great Chicago Fire

The efforts of Jesuit Father Arnold Damen and his confreres in the Society of Jesus in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire were neither the first nor the last word in the Jesuits’ efforts to provide social services to the immigrants who populated the West Side of Chicago in the late 19th century, but they do provide a remarkable illustration, according to Chicago historian Ellen Skerrett.

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