Joseph Henry Conroy

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Joseph Henry Conroy
Bishop Joseph Henry Conroy.jpg
Born (1858-11-08)November 8, 1858
Died March 20, 1939(1939-03-20) (aged 80)

Joseph Henry Conroy (November 8, 1858 – March 20, 1939) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Ogdensburg from 1921 until his death in 1939.

Biography[edit]

Joseph Conroy was born in Watertown, New York, and completed his preparatory studies in Canada at the Sulpician College in Montreal, Quebec, and at St. Michael's College in Toronto, Ontario.[1] Returning to New York, he studied theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in Troy.[1] Conroy was ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 1881.[2] He was first assigned to the mission at Churubusco, and then served as pastor in Rouses Point.[1] In April 1883 he was named rector of St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg.[3] He became vicar general of the Diocese of Ogdensburg in March 1901, and later a Domestic Prelate of His Holiness in October 1905.[3]

On March 11, 1912, Conroy was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Ogdensburg and Titular Bishop of Arindela by Pope Pius X.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 1 from Cardinal John Murphy Farley, with Bishops Henry Gabriels and Charles H. Colton serving as co-consecrators, at St. Mary's Cathedral.[2] Following the death of Bishop Gabriels in April 1921, Conroy was named the third Bishop of Ogdensburg by Pope Benedict XV on November 21, 1921.[2] He was installed by Cardinal Patrick Joseph Hayes on January 18, 1922.[4] In 1935 he allowed Rev. Cyril Stevens to become president of Ticonderoga National Bank, despite canon law forbidding a priest to engage in business.[5]

Conroy later died at age 80.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Smith, John Talbot (1885). A History of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Kessinger Publishing. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop Joseph Henry Conroy". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  3. ^ a b The Catholic Church in the United States of America. The Catholic Editing Company. 1914. 
  4. ^ "Install Bishop at Ogdensburg". The New York Times. 1922-01-19. 
  5. ^ "Banker-Priest". TIME Magazine. 1935-10-07. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Henry Gabriels
Bishop of Ogdensburg
1921–1939
Succeeded by
Francis Joseph Monaghan