John Grimes (bishop)

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John Grimes

John Grimes (December 18, 1852 – July 26, 1922) was an Irish-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Syracuse from 1912 until his death in 1922.


John Grimes was born in County Limerick to John and Bridget (née Hammon) Grimes.[1] He was educated at both a national school and a Jesuit college in Ireland before going to Canada, where he enrolled at the College of Saint-Hyacinthe in 1874.[2]

Attached to the Diocese of Albany, New York, in the United States, he was sent by Bishop Francis McNierney to study at the Grand Seminary of Montreal in 1878.[2] He was ordained to the priesthood in Albany on February 19, 1882.[3] He then served as a curate at St. Mary's Church in Syracuse until 1887, when he became pastor of St. Paul's Church in Whitesboro.[2] In 1890 he returned to St. Mary's as its pastor.[1]

On February 1, 1909, Grimes was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Syracuse and Titular Bishop of Hermeria by Pope Pius X.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 16 from Archbishop John Murphy Farley, with Bishops Patrick Anthony Ludden and Thomas Burke serving as co-consecrators.[3] Upon the death of Bishop Ludden, Grimes succeeded him as the second Bishop of Syracuse on August 6, 1912.[3] He remained as bishop until his death in 1922, aged 69. A Catholic high school, Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School was formed in the 1960, after him.


  1. ^ a b "Most Rev. John Grimes". Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse. 
  2. ^ a b c The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography II. New York: James T. White & Company. 1892. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Bishop John Grimes". 

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Preceded by
Patrick Anthony Ludden
Bishop of Syracuse
Succeeded by
Daniel Joseph Curley