Jeremiah F. Shanahan
|Right Rev. Jeremiah Francis Shanahan|
|Bishop of Harrisburg|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|In office||July 12, 1868 – September 24, 1886|
|Ordination||July 3, 1859|
|Consecration||July 12, 1868|
July 17, 1834|
Silver Lake, Pennsylvania
|Died||September 24, 1886
Jeremiah Shanahan was born in Silver Lake, Pennsylvania, to John and Margaret (née Donovan) Shanahan, who came to the United States from County Cork, Ireland. After graduating from St. Joseph's Academy near Binghamton, New York in 1852, he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, on the outskirts of Philadelphia. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John Neumann, C.SS.R., on July 3, 1859. He then served as curate at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul and rector of the preparatory seminary in Glen Riddle.
On March 3, 1868, Shanahan was appointed the first Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Harrisburg by Pope Pius IX. He received his episcopal consecration on the following July 12 from Bishop James Frederick Wood, with Bishops John McGill and Michael Domenec, C.M., serving as co-consecrators, at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Located in South Central Pennsylvania, the new diocese comprised Adams, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union, and York counties. There were 25,000 Catholics, 22 priests, 40 churches and missions, and seven parochial schools.
Upon arriving in the episcopal see of Harrisburg, Shanahan became pastor of St. Patrick's Church, which he designated as the cathedral. He opened Sylvan Heights Seminary at Harrisburg in October 1883, and introduced into the diocese the Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of Christian Charity, Sisters of the Holy Cross, and Sisters of Charity. He presided over a period of greath growth, and by the time of his death there were 51 priests, 51 churches, 75 chapels and missions, three orphanages, 29 parochial schools, and over 35,000 Catholics.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Harrisburg