Religious Figure. Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Ninth bishop and fourth archbishop of Chicago. A native of Nashville (Tennesse), he studied first at Saint Gregory's Preparatory Seminary, in Cincinnati, then went to the Pontifical Urbanian Athenaeum "De Propaganda Fide," in Rome where he was ordained priest, on May 21, 1909. He did his first pastoral work in the diocese of Nashville, from 1910 to 1916, then was asked to be the bishop of Nashville's secretary, in 1916 and 1917. From 1917 to 1921, he served as the diocesan chancellor of Nashville. He was made Domestic prelate, on May 10, 1921. This same year, precisely on November 1921, he was consecrated bishop of Toledo (Ohio). He was promoted to the metropolitan see of Milwaukee (Wisconsin), on August 26, 1930. Six years later, he was transferred to the metropolitan see of Chicago (Illinois), on December 27, 1939. Pope Pius XII created him cardinal priest, on February 18, 1946. He was the President of the 9th National Catechetical Congress, in Chicago, on September 14, 1951. On March 1, 1958 he was appointed Pro-Perfect of the Propagaion of Faith, thus became the first American member of the Roman Curia, and called to Rome where he passed away. There is a cenotaph for him at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Milwaulkee.
Bio by: Guy Gagnon
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