Edmond Heelan, DD
|Bishop of Sioux City|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|In office||March 8, 1920 – September 20, 1948|
|Predecessor||Philip Joseph Garrigan|
|Successor||Joseph Maximilian Mueller|
|Ordination||June 24, 1890|
|Consecration||April 8, 1919
by James Keane
February 5, 1868|
Elton, County Limerick, Ireland
|Died||September 20, 1948
Sioux City, Iowa
|Previous post||Auxiliary Bishop of Sioux City|
Edmond Heelan was born in Elton, County Limerick, to John and Anne (née Quish) Heelan. He studied philosophy and theology at All Hallows College in Dublin, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 24, 1890. He then came to the United States, where he became a curate (1890–1893) and rector (1893-18897) at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa. He was pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Fort Dodge from 1897 to 1919.
On December 21, 1918, Heelan was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sioux City and Titular Bishop of Gerasa by Pope Benedict XV. He received his episcopal consecration on April 8, 1919 from Archbishop James Keane, with Bishops James J. Davis and Patrick McGovern servign as co-consecrators. As an auxiliary, he served as rector of the Cathedral of the Epiphany.
Following the death of Bishop Philip Joseph Garrigan, Heelan was named the second Bishop of Sioux City on March 8, 1920. During his nearly thirty-year tenure, he guided the diocese through the Great Depression and World War II, and greatly expanded Catholic education. He died at age 80.
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