Joseph M. Finotti, SJ was born in Ferrara, Italy on September 21, 1817. During his lifetime, he was well-known as a bibliographer and cataloger of American Catholic history. Finotti entered the Society of Jesus in Italy. In 1845, he was assinged to the Maryland Province in the United States. While at Georgetown, he was ordained. Finotti became pastor of St. Mary's Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and he also had responsibility for other local parishes at the same time. In 1852, he left the Jesuits but remained a priest.
Moving to Boston, Finotti edited "The Pilot" for a long period of time. He also served as a pastor in Brookline and Arlington, Massachusetts. Therafter, he went West and, in 1877, became a pastor in Central City, Colorado.
Jospeh M. Finotti, SJ died on Janaury 10, 1879 in Central City, Colorado.
[Sources: "Woodstock Letters" volume 14 page 249; "Catholic Answers Online"].