Michael Joseph Curley

Michael Joseph Curley

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Michael Joseph Curley (October 12, 1879—May 16, 1947) was an Irish-born clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. Originally a priest and bishop in the Diocese of St. Augustine, he served as the tenth Archbishop of Baltimore (1921–1947) as well as the first Archbishop of Washington (1939–1947).

Early life and education

One of eleven children, Michael Curley was born in Athlone, County Westmeath, to Michael and Maria (née Ward) Curley. He received his early education at a school in his native town conducted by the Marist Brothers. At the age of sixteen, he entered Mungret College in Limerick. He had a distinguished academic career at Mungret, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Royal University of Dublin in 1900. Although he originally dreamed of being a missionary in the Fiji Islands, a visit from Bishop John Moore to Mungret led Curley to volunteer for the Diocese of St. Augustine in the United States. His theological studies were made at the Urban College of the Propaganda in Rome, where he received his Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1903.


On March 19, 1904, Curley was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Pietro Respighi in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. He arrived in Florida in...
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