John Stariha

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John Stariha

John Stariha (May 12, 1845 – November 28, 1915), born as Janez Stariha, was the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lead, South Dakota later the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rapid City.

Born in Semič, Austrian Empire (now southeastern Slovenia), Stariha was ordained to the priesthood on September 19, 1869. On September 2, 1902, Pope Leo XIII appointed Stariha the first bishop of the Lead Diocese and he was ordained bishop on October 28, 1902, resigning on March 29, 1909.[1][2]

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