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Rev Joseph F. Busch
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Birth: Apr. 18, 1866
Red Wing
Goodhue County
Minnesota, USA
Death: May 31, 1953

The Most Reverend Joseph F. Busch DD was the 4th Bishop of St. Cloud Dioceses St Cloud Minnesota. The Bishop was ordained a priest July 28, 1889 and consecrated a Bishop May 19, 1910 and Became Bishop of St. Cloud Jan 19 1915
Source- History of Dakota Territory IV, By George W. Kingsbury, 1915

Rt. Rev. Joseph F. Busch, of Rapid City, bishop of the Lead diocese of the Roman Catholic church, was born in Red Wing, Minnesota, April 18, 1866, a son of Frederick and Anna M. (Weimar) Busch, both of whom were natives of Germany and came to America at the ages of nineteen and ten years respectively. The father was one of the pioneers of Goodhue county, Minnesota, and became one of its prosperous and influential business men and citizens. He served for many years as president of the Goodhue County National Bank and was also president of the La Grange mills. He was identified with all movements looking to the civic, educational, moral and religious development of his community and his efforts were effective forces for progress along those lines. Bishop Busch is the eldest in a family of twelve children. His educational training, which was most thorough, began in the public schools of Red Wing, and was supplemented by later study in the parochial schools there. He also attended parochial schools in Mankato, Minnesota, and next entered Canisius College at Buffalo, New York. He afterward became a student in Campion College at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where he completed the classical courses. Going to Europe, he began his theological and philosophical studies at the State University in Innsbruck, Austria, and on the 26th of July, 1889, he was ordained to the priesthood.
It had been his ambition to continue his studies at Rome, but ill health made a change to a less trying climate imperative and, accordingly, he returned to America. He thereafter studied for a year at the then newly established Catholic University in Washington, D.C., after which he was summoned to St. Paul, where he was appointed secretary of the diocese of St. Paul, serving in that capacity for two
years. During the following two years he was assistant pastor of St.
Mary's church and parish and for one year was connected with the St. Paul Cathedral. He next organized St. Augustine's parish in South St. Paul and still later served at St. Lawrence church in Minneapolis. He was next appointed to the church of St. Anne at Le Sueur, where he remained for five years, after which he devoted eight years to diocesan mission work in the archdiocese of St. Paul, with headquarters at Excelsior, Minnesota. In 1910, Bishop Busch came to western South Dakota, having been appointed bishop of the Lead diocese. He continued to reside in that city until 1913, when he removed to Rapid City, where his love for the open country induced him to select a site two miles west of the city, on which he erected a handsome residence commanding one of the finest views in the Black Hills. In July 1914, the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ordination was made the occasion of a most impressive celebration and was remarkable from the fact that few men at his age have reached the exalted position of bishop. Bishop Busch has always been deeply interested in sociology as applied to social relations and his strongest efforts have been put forth to advance the moral and social conditions as well as to promote the spiritual progress of the people. His keen intellectual force has been wisely used for the benefit of others and the cause of Catholicism has been greatly promoted through his efforts not only in this state but also in other localities where he has lived and labored. 
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  Frederick Busch (1839 - 1908)
  Anna M Weimar Busch (1846 - 1927)
Assumption Cemetery
Saint Cloud
Stearns County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Dave Weiss
Record added: Sep 19, 2009
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Rev Joseph F. Busch
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Rev Joseph F. Busch
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Rev Joseph F. Busch
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It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Bishop Busch, 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.
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Sep. 2, 2012

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