James Thomas O'Dowd
James T. O'Dowd
|Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco|
|See||Titular See of Cea|
|Appointed||May 22, 1948|
|In office||June 29, 1948 - February 4, 1950|
|Ordination||June 4, 1932|
|Consecration||June 29, 1948
by John Joseph Mitty
|Born||August 4, 1907
San Francisco, California
|Died||February 4, 1950
James Thomas O'Dowd (August 4, 1907 – February 4, 1950) was a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco from 1948 to 1950.
Born in San Francisco, California, James O'Dowd was ordained a priest on June 4, 1932. On May 22, 1948 Pope Pius XII appointed him as the Titular Bishop of Cea and Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco. He was consecrated a bishop by Archbishop John Joseph Mitty on June 29, 1948. The principal co-consecrators were Bishop Thomas Arthur Connolly of Seattle and Auxiliary Bishop Hugh Aloysius Donohoe of San Francisco. On February 3, 1950 Bishop O'Dowd was a passenger in an automobile driven by the Rev. Henry Lande. The car stopped on train tracks and was struck by an oncoming freight train and dragged 300 feet (91 m). Lande died at the scene and O'Dowd was taken to the Fairfield-Suisun Air Force Base hospital where he died the following day at the age of 42.
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