|Birth: ||Aug. 16, 1865|
|Death: ||May 31, 1951|
Overbrook (Philadelphia County)
Priest. Bishop. Cardinal. Dennis (sometimes "Denis") J. Dougherty was the first native son to be appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia. He studied at the North American College in Rome, where he received a doctorate. After serving as a priest in Philadelphia, he was appointed Bishop of Nueva Segovia, Philippines. He served there as a missionary bishop attempting to take back the Catholic population from Aglipay, a renegade priest who became his own "version" of the Church. Traveling through jungles and canoeing to his flock, Dougherty visited leper colonies and brought Aglipay's rebellion to an end. He then became Bishop of Jaro, Philippines. In 1915, he returned to the US as Bishop of Buffalo New York, and returned to his home diocese of Philadelphia as its archbishop. In 1937, the ailing Pope Pius XI sent Dougherty as his legate to the 33rd Eucharistic Congress. It was the first time an American bishop presided over an international church meeting as representative of the Pope. At home, in Philadelphia, he called himself "God's Bricklayer." He earned the title; during his thirty-three year leadership of Philadelphia from 1918 to 1951, he established parishes, parochial schools, Catholic high schools, four Catholic colleges, hospitals, and homes for the aged. A cordial relationship with Philadelphia real estate giant Albert M. Greenfield enabled Dougherty to make his plans practical. In 1921, he was elevated cardinal by Pope Benedict XV. In the 1930's, Dougherty's call for movie boycotts because of Hollywood's ignoring the "Legion of Decency" cut movie attendance in his archdiocese 40%. During his episcopacy he ordained over 2000 priests. He died on the 61st anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Plot: Crypt below the main altar.
Created by: rjschatz
Record added: Nov 02, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8051968
Added: Nov. 5, 2013
Your name was given to a Catholic High School in Phila. And it did great things but sadly it is now closed. Your sister resided in Our Mother of Sorrows parish which celebrated its last mass this weekend and now closed after over 100 years service.|
Added: Sep. 16, 2013
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Cardinal Dougherty, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.|
Added: Sep. 16, 2012
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