Gasson, Thomas Ignatius
- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Gasson, Thomas Ignatius (23 September 1859–27 February 1930), Roman Catholic priest and educator, was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, the son of Henry Gasson and Arabella Quinnell. The occupation of his parents is unknown, but his family was of the landed gentry. Gasson was tutored by the Reverend Allen T. Edwards and was also educated at St. Stephen’s School, Lambeth, London. Gasson emigrated to the United States in 1872, having made plans to live with an older brother in Philadelphia. There he received private tutoring and was befriended by two Catholic women, Catherine Doyle and Anne McGarvey. The extent of their influence became evident in October 1874, when Gasson forsook his father’s Huguenot heritage and was received into the Catholic faith by the Reverend Charles Cicaterri, S.J., at the Chapel of the Holy Family (now the Jesuit Church of the Gesu) in Philadelphia. Gasson took his new faith one step further by joining the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) religious order on 17 November 1875, thereby beginning his novitiate....