Lawrence B. Casey

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Lawrence Bernard Brennan Casey (September 6, 1905—June 15, 1977) was the fifth Roman Catholic Bishop of Paterson (1966-1977).


Lawrence Casey was born in Rochester, New York, to Joseph Leo and Agnes Madeline (née Switzer) Casey.[1] He studied at St. Andrew's Preparatory Seminary from 1919 until 1924, when he entered St. Bernard's Seminary.[1] Casey was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 1930.[2] He then served as a curate at St. Mary's Church in Rochester until 1932, and was secretary to Bishops John Francis O'Hern (1932-1933), Edward Mooney (1933-1937), and James E. Kearney (1937-1946).[1] He was named rector of Holy Cross Church in 1946 and of Sacred Heart Cathedral in 1952.[1]

On February 10, 1953, Casey was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Rochester and Titular Bishop of Cea by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 5 from Cardinal Francis Spellman, with Bishops Walter Andrew Foery and Alexander M. Zaleski serving as co-consecrators.[2] Following the death of Bishop James Johnston Navagh, he was named Bishop of Paterson, New Jersey, on March 4, 1966.[2] After eleven years as bishop, he resigned on June 13, 1977.[2] Casey later died two days later, aged 71.


  1. ^ a b c d Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Lawrence Bernard Brennan Casey". [self-published source]
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
James Johnston Navagh
Bishop of Paterson
Succeeded by
Frank Joseph Rodimer
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by