Francis J. Haas
|Francis J. Haas|
|Born||Francis Joseph Haas
March 18, 1889
|Died||August 29, 1953
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Cause of death
|Resurrection Cemetery, Wyoming, Michigan|
|Education||St. Francis Seminary, Johns Hopkins, Catholic University|
|Occupation||priest, labor mediator, bishop|
|Title||Bishop of Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Predecessor||Joseph C. Plagens|
|Successor||Allen James Babcock|
Board member of
|National Labor Relations Board, President's Committee on Civil Rights|
|Parents||Peter Francis Haas, Mary Lucy O'Day|
Francis Joseph Haas (1889–1953) was an American Roman Catholic bishop and advocate for social justice. He was the sixth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids from 1943 until his death in 1953.
Early Life and Training
Francis Haas was born in Racine, Wisconsin on March 18, 1889. He studied at St. Francis Seminary, and was ordained on June 11, 1913, for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He was later appointed rector of St. Francis in 1935, and was president of the Catholic Association for International Peace.
Bishop of Grand Rapids
In 1943, he resigned from his position as chairman of the President's Committee on Fair Employment Practice to become the bishop of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pope Pius XII appointed him bishop on September 26, 1943, and he was consecrated on November 18, 1943. He hosted a National Liturgical Conference at the Grand Rapids Civic Auditorium in 1953, and died eight days later on August 29, 1953, of a heart attack.
- "Dr. Francis Haas is new St. Francis Seminary Rector.". Catholic Herald Citizen (Nov. 9). 1935. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
- "Federal Men Seek Minneapolis Peace". The New York Times (July 19). July 19, 1934. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
- "Mgr. Haas resigns as job bias arbiter.". The New York Times (October 3). October 3, 1943. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
- Ancona, Gaspar F. Where the Star Came to Rest page 108, 2001 ISBN 2-7468-0317-8
- Blantz, Thomas E. A priest in public service: Francis J. Haas and the New Deal. University of Notre Dame Press, 1982 ISBN 0-268-01547-3
- Francis J Haas Papers
- Biographical Sketch, Diocese of Grand Rapids
- Bishop Francis J. Haas, Catholic Hierarchy
- Bishop Francis J. Haas, Dictionary of Wisconsin History, Wisconsin Historical Society