Edmond Heelan

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Most Reverend
Edmond Heelan, DD
Bishop of Sioux City
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Sioux City
In office March 8, 1920 – September 20, 1948
Predecessor Philip Joseph Garrigan
Successor Joseph Maximilian Mueller
Orders
Ordination June 24, 1890
Consecration April 8, 1919
by James Keane
Personal details
Born (1868-02-05)February 5, 1868
Elton, County Limerick, Ireland
Died September 20, 1948(1948-09-20) (aged 80)
Sioux City, Iowa
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Sioux City

Edmond Heelan (February 5, 1868 – September 20, 1948) was an Irish-born clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Sioux City from 1920 until his death in 1948.

Biography[edit]

Edmond Heelan was born in Elton, County Limerick, to John and Anne (née Quish) Heelan.[1] He studied philosophy and theology at All Hallows College in Dublin, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 24, 1890.[2] 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.[1] He was pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Fort Dodge from 1897 to 1919.[1]

On December 21, 1918, Heelan was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sioux City and Titular Bishop of Gerasa by Pope Benedict XV.[2] 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.[2] As an auxiliary, he served as rector of the Cathedral of the Epiphany.[3]

Following the death of Bishop Philip Joseph Garrigan, Heelan was named the second Bishop of Sioux City on March 8, 1920.[2] During his nearly thirty-year tenure, he guided the diocese through the Great Depression and World War II, and greatly expanded Catholic education.[3] He died at age 80.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Curtis, Georgina Pell (1947). The American Catholic Who's Who VII. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop Edmond Heelan". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  3. ^ a b "Diocese Info". Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City.