Justin Albert Driscoll

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Justin Albert Driscoll (September 30, 1920—November 19, 1984) was an American Roman Catholic clergyman. He served as President of Loras College (1967-1970) and Bishop of Fargo (1970-1984).


Justin Driscoll was born in Bernard, Iowa, to William and Agnes (née Healey) Driscoll.[1] He studied at Loras College in Dubuque, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942.[1] He completed his postgraduate studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood on July 28, 1945.[2] He then served as a teacher at Loras Academy until 1948, when he became secretary to Archbishop Henry Rohlman.[1] In 1952 he earned his Ph.D. from Catholic University.[1]

Returning to Iowa, he served as secretary to Archbishop Leo Binz (1952-1953) and superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1953-1967).[1] He was president of Loras College from 1967 to 1970.[1] During his administration, he gave full scholarships to twelve African American students, who after meeting with Jesse Jackson in Chicago returned to Loras and demanded radical reforms from Driscoll.[3] He was eventually forced to expel the twelve students; the incident made him unpopular with the other faculty, who then sought his resignation.[3]

On September 8, 1970, Driscoll was appointed the fifth Bishop of Fargo, North Dakota, by Pope Paul VI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following October 18 from Archbishop Luigi Raimondi, with Archbishops Leo Binz and James Joseph Byrne serving as co-consecrators.[2] He remained as bishop for the next fourteen years, until his death at age 64.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Curtis, Georgina Pell (1966). The American Catholic Who's Who XVII. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop Justin Albert Driscoll". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  3. ^ a b Cooper, Brian (2007-06-17). "Msgr. Francis Friedl". Telegraph Herald. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Leo Ferdinand Dworschak
Bishop of Fargo
Succeeded by
James Stephen Sullivan