|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1868|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 19, 1964|
New York, USA
Most Rev. Edmund F. Gibbons was the son of James and Joanna Ray Gibbons, who were Irish immigrants. His father was a laborer who helped build the New York State Capitol. After graduating from Niagara University in 1887, he studied at the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 1887 to 1893. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, New York on May 27, 1893.
He then served as secretary to Bishop Stephen V. Ryan from 1893-1896, was assistant pastor of St. Mary of the Cataract Church, Niagara Falla; superintendent of Catholic schools in the Buffalo Diocese from 1900-1916, and also served as founding pastor of St. Mary Church, Silver Springs 1901-1903; pastor of St. Vincent Church, Attica from 1904-1915; pastor of St. Teresa Church, Buffalo, 1916.
On March 10, 1919, Gibbons was appointed the sixth Bishop of Albany by Pope Benedict XV. He received his episcopal consecration on March 25 from Archbishop Giovanni Bonzano, with Bishops John Grimes and Thomas Walsh serving as co-consecrators.
Bishop Gibbons guided the diocese through the Great Depression and World War II. With education as one of his themes, he oversaw the beginning of The College of Saint Rose, Siena College, Mater Christi Seminary, 22 high schools, 82 grade schools and the diocesan newspaper, The Evangelist.
After thirty-five years as bishop, Gibbons resigned on November 10, 1954; he was named Titular Bishop of Verbe on the same date. He later died at age 95.
His brother, Rev. Nicholas Gibbons was also a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo.
Specifically: Crypt of Immaculate Conception Cathedral of the Diocese of Albany
Created by: Charles Zadora
Record added: May 25, 2012
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It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Bishop Gibbons, 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. 26, 2012