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Fr Joseph B. Cotter
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Birth: Nov. 19, 1844
Death: Jun. 27, 1909

COTTER, Joseph B., bishop Roman Catholic Church; born at Liverpool, Eng., Nov. 19, 1844; came to America, 1850; attended school in St. Paul, Minn., and at St. Vincent's College, Pa.; pursued theological studies at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn. Ordained priest, 1871; was pastor St. Thomas Church, Winona, Minn., 1871-90; consecrated first bishop, See of Winona, Dec. 27, 1889. Earnest advocate of total abstinence; was for three terms president Catholic Total Abstinence Union of America. Lectured on behalf of the C. T. A. U. through most of the states east of the Mississippi river, 1886-7 Recreation: Walking. Address: Winona, Minn.

BOOK - HISTORY OF WINONA COUNTY, MN., VOL 1 & 2, PUBLISHED IN 1913. Bishop Cotter was born in Liverpool, England, November 19, 1844. His parents were Lawrence P. Cotter and Anne Mary (Perrin) Cotter. In 1850 the family came to America and located in Cleveland, Ohio. They remained there for upwards of five years. In the autumn of 1855 they removed to St. Paul, Minn. The Bishop's father was a journalist by profession, and during his residence in St. Paul served for several terms as city clerk. He held that office at the time of his death in 1862. Bishop Cotter received his elementary education in private academies in the cities of Cleveland and Fremont, Ohio. After the removal to St. Paul, he continued his studies in the cathedral school of that city. Later on he went to Pennsylvania and entered St. Vincent's College. After finishing his classical course at that institution, he followed the lectures on philosophy and theology at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn. As previously noted, he was ordained by Bishop Grace on May 21, 1871, and came at once to Winona. On December 27, 1889, in the Cathedral of St. Paul, he was consecrated first Bishop of Winona. At the same time the late Bishop Shanley was consecrated Bishop of Fargo, and the present Bishop of Duluth, Rt. Rev. James McGobrick, was made the first Bishop of that city. The Most Rev. Archbishop Ireland was the consecrating prelate, assisted by Archbishop Grace and Bishop Marty. When Bishop Cotter took charge of his diocese, he had under his jurisdiction 45 diocesan priests and four religious. There were 45 churches with resident pastors, 49 mission churches, 15 stations and 19 parish schools, attended by 2,650 pupils. At his death in 1909 there were in his diocese 85 diocesan priests and 7 religious, 72 churches with resident pastors, 44 missions with churches, 8 stations, 28 parish schools, attended by 4,630 pupils. When Bishop Cotter passed to his heavenly reward Winona lost its most distinguished citizen. For upwards of forty years he was proud to call Winona his home. He saw the humble beginnings of the city,-in its growth and prosperity he had a leading part, and with regard to its future he was ever optimistic. Bishop Cotter loved Winona, and Winona loved him. On the morning of his funeral, business was suspended, and the citizens of Winona, irrespective of creed, united in paying a final tribute of respect to their noble father and friend. His remains lie at rest in the cemetery of St. Mary. His name and his memory will ever linger with the people of Winona. As successor to Bishop Cotter, Pius X, on March 4, 1910, selected the Very Rev. Dr. Heffron, Rector of the St. Paul Seminary. Bishop Heffron was born in the city of New York, June 1, 1860. His parents were Patrick Heffron and Margaret O'Brien Heffron. His classical studies were made at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn. Later he spent six years in philosophy and theology at the Grand Seminary, Montreal, Canada. He was ordained priest in Montreal on December 22, 1884. Returning to St. Paul, he spent two years as a professor in the College of St. Thomas. The ensuing two years he devoted to advance studies in European universities. In Rome, he won the degrees Doctor of Divinity and Doctor of Canon Law. From 1890 to 1896 he served as pastor of the Cathedral at St. Paul. In 1896 he was appointed vice-rector and in the following year rector of the St. Paul Seminary. He occupied this most important post until the time of his consecration as Bishop of Winona, May 19, 1910. When Bishop Heffron took charge of the diocese of Winona it had completed the first period of its history. The foundations were laid by his predecessor. Upon the new Bishop devolved the task of bringing the edifice to completion. What Bishop Heffron has already accomplished in the city of Winona, not to mention his work throughout the diocese, is an index of his zeal.

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Saint Marys Cemetery
Winona County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Steven M. Wielenberg
Record added: Sep 12, 2011
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- Chloé
 Added: Oct. 12, 2013
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Bishop Cotter, 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: Feb. 4, 2012

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