John Hennessy (archbishop)

John Hennessy (Archbishop)

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John Hennessy (August 20, 1825 – March 4, 1900) was a 19th-century Irish born bishop and archbishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Dubuque in the state of Iowa from 1866–1893, when he was named the first archbishop of Dubuque.

Early Life & Ministry

John Hennessy was born August 20, 1825 in Bulgaden, County Limerick, Ireland. He was the oldest of twelve children born to William and Mary (Meaney) Hennessy. He studied for the priesthood at St. Vincent's Seminary in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Carondelet Seminary near St. Louis. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis on November 1, 1850. Father Hennessy was assigned to parish work in New Madrid, Missouri and then St. Peter's in Gravois. He then served as a seminary professor and then president at Carondelet, and in 1858 he was sent to the Holy See as a representative of Archbishop Kenrick. From 1860 to 1866 he was a pastor in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Bishop and Archbishop of Dubuque

On April 24, 1866 Pope Pius IX appointed Hennessy as the third bishop of Dubuque. He was consecrated and installed bishop in St. Raphael's Cathedral on September 30, 1866 by Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick of Saint Louis. The principal co-consecrators were Bishops John Martin Henni of...
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