Augustus John Schwertner

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Augustus John Schwertner (December 23, 1870 – October 2, 1939) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Wichita from 1921 until his death in 1939.

Biography[edit]

One of eight children, Augustus Schwertner was born in Canton, Ohio, to Anton and Christina (née Richart) Schwertner.[1] After attending parochial school and high school in Canton, he studied at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland.[2] He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Ignatius Frederick Horstmann on June 12, 1897.[3] He then served as a curate at St. Columba Church in Youngstown for three months, when he became pastor of St. Anthony Church in Milan.[1] He was pastor of St. Mary Church in Rockport (1903–1907) and of St. John Church in Lima (1907–1913).[1] He was named chancellor of the Diocese of Toledo in 1913, and a Domestic Prelate in 1916.[1]

On March 10, 1921, Schwertner was appointed the second Bishop of Wichita, Kansas, by Pope Benedict XV.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 8 from Bishop Joseph Schrembs, with Bishops Michael James Gallagher and John Henry Tihen serving as co-consecrators.[3] He remained as bishop for the next eighteen years, until his death from a cerebral hemorrhage at age 68.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Winter, Nevin Otto (1917). A History of Northwest Ohio II. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company. 
  2. ^ O'Donnell, John Hugh (1922). The Catholic hierarchy of the United States, 1790-1922. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bishop Augustus John Schwertner". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  4. ^ "A.J. SCHWERTNER, KANSAS BISHOP, 68". The New York Times. 1939-10-03. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Joseph Hennessy
Bishop of Wichita
1921—1939
Succeeded by
Christian Herman Winkelmann