Edward Aloysius Fitzgerald

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Edward Aloysius Fitzgerald (February 13, 1893 – March 31, 1972) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Winona from 1949 to 1969.

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Edward Fitzgerald was born in Cresco, Iowa, to Edward and Emma (née Daly) Fitzgerald. He graduated from Loras College in Dubuque in 1913, and earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from the Grand Seminary of Montreal in Canada in 1915. He was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque on July 25, 1916.[1]

He then served on the faculty of Loras College until 1941, when he became a pastor in Osage and afterwards in Elkader. On August 3, 1946, Pope Pius XII appointed Fitzgerald auxiliary bishop of the Dubuque Archdiocese, and he was ordained a bishop on September 12, 1946.[1] On October 20, 1949, Pope Pius XII appointed Bishop Fitzgerald Bishop of the Winona Diocese; he retired on January 8, 1969.[1]

He became known as "the building bishop" for his oversight of the construction of a cathedral, seminary, and several churches in the diocese.[2] He attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965, and subsequently implemented the Council's reforms in the diocese, including introducing English into the Mass.[2]

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