John Joseph Nilan

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John Joseph Nilan (August 1, 1855 – April 13, 1934) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Hartford from 1910 until his death in 1934.

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John Nilan was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and received his early education at the elementary and high schools in Newburyport.[1] After graduating from the college of Nicolet at Quebec, Canada, in 1875, he returned to the United States and then studied at St. Joseph Seminary in Troy, New York.[2] He was ordained to the priesthood on December 21, 1878.[3] He engaged in pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Boston, first serving at Framingham and afterwards at St. James Church in Boston.[2] He was pastor of St. Joseph Church in Amesbury from 1892 to 1910.[2]

On February 14, 1910, Nilan was appointed the seventh Bishop of Hartford, Connecticut, by Pope Pius X.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on the following April 28 from Cardinal William Henry O'Connell, with Bishops Louis Sebastian Walsh and Daniel Francis Feehan serving as co-consecrators.[3] He selected as his episcopal motto: "Dominus Firmamentum Meum" (Latin: "The Lord is My Foundation").[4] During his tenure, he concerned himself with fostering many ethnic parishes to serve Connecticut's diverse population.[5]

Nilan later died at St. Francis Hospital, aged 78.

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