|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1913|
|Death: ||Jun. 14, 2008|
Monsignor Charles Albert Buswell was an American Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo from 1959 to 1979. At his death, he was one of the Oldest American Bishops.
Born on October 15, 1913, in Homestead, Oklahoma, to Charles and Bridget Buswell. However, the family moved to Oklahoma City shortly afterwards, where Charles received his Primary and Secondary Education at the Cathedral's St. Joseph School, studied for two years at St. Benedict's College in Atchison, Kansas, and then entered St. Louis Preparatory Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri, in 1933.
After studying Theology at Kenrick's Seminary in St. Louis, Buswell entered the American College in Leuven, Belgium, in 1936, where he was known as "both a serious student and a congenial companion among his fellow Seminarians." He also served as Prefect and Assistant Editor of The American College Bulletin during his studies. Buswell was ordained to the Priesthood on July 9, 1939.
Upon his return to the United States, he was named Assistant Pastor of a Tonkawa Parish and of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral in Oklahoma City. Boswell, after being made Diocesan Vice - Chancellor, became the First Pastor of Christ the King Parish in 1947. At Christ the King, he placed emphasis on the greater involvement of the laity. He was raised to the rank of a Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness in 1949, and later a Domestic Prelate of His Holiness in 1955.
On August 8, 1959, Boswell was appointed the Second Bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado, by Pope John XXIII. He received his Episcopal Consecration on the following September 30, from Bishop Victor Joseph Reed, assisted by Bishops Stephen Aloysius Leven and Glennon Patrick Flavin.
He resigned the Pastoral Government of his See on September 19, 1979, after twenty years of service.
A frequent visitor of his Alma Mater of the American College in Leuven, Boswell served as "Pastor in Residence" there from 1985 to 1986. For the 150th Anniversary of the Foundation of the College in 2006, the Bishop was awarded the DeBecker Medal. Although unable to attend the Ceremony, he was presented with the Medal in the following December.
Msgr. Buswell died during the morning of Saturday, June 14, 2008, after several years of declining health, at the venerable age of 94.
Charles Joseph Duncan Buswell (1885 - 1952)
Bridget Mary Buswell (1884 - 1950)
Plot: Bishops' Mausoleum.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jun 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27588731
Added: Sep. 23, 2014
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Bishop Buswell, 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.|
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