James Peter Davis

James Peter Davis

James Peter Davis

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James Peter Davis (June 9, 1904—March 4, 1988) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of San Juan (1943-64) and Archbishop of Santa Fe (1964-74).


James Davis was born in Houghton, Michigan, the only child of John Frank and Elizabeth R. (née Didier) Davis. He and his family moved to Topeka, Kansas, and afterwards to Flagstaff, Arizona. He studied at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1929. He served as chancellor of the Diocese of Tucson from 1930 to 1932.

On July 3, 1943, Davis was appointed Bishop of San Juan in Puerto Rico by Pope Pius XII. He received his episcopal consecration on the following October 6 from Bishop Daniel James Gercke, with Bishops Thomas Arthur Connolly and Joseph Thomas McGucken serving as co-consecrators. In 1958, he estimated that 90 percent of Puerto Ricans were only nominally Catholics while only 30 percent practiced their faith. An strong opponent of......
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