Michael John Sheridan

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Michael John Sheridan (born March 4, 1945) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the second and current Bishop of Colorado Springs.


Michael Sheridan was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to John and Bernice (née Moore) Sheridan, and studied at St. Louis University High.

He was ordained to the priesthood by John Cardinal Carberry on May 29, 1971, and then did pastoral work in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He also taught on the theological faculty of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

In 1980 he earned a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome, Italy with a dissertation was entitled The Theology of the Local Church in Vatican II. Bishop of Colorado Springs.[1]

On July 8, 1997, Sheridan was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis and Titular Bishop of Thibiuca by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 3 from then-Archbishop Justin Francis Rigali, with Bishops Edward Joseph O'Donnell and Edward Kenneth Braxton serving as co-consecrators. He chose as his episcopal motto: "Virtus in infirmitate perficitur" (2 Cor 12:9, meaning, "Strength is made perfect in weakness").

Sheridan was named Coadjutor Bishop of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on December 4, 2001, later succeeding Richard Hanifen as the second Bishop of Colorado Springs upon the latter's resignation on January 30, 2003.

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Sheridan sits on the Committee on Education. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services, of the International Dominican Foundation, and of the Kenrick Seminary Board of Trustees.

Sheridan excited controversy in 2004 when he said any Catholic who does not reflect church teaching in the voting booth "makes a mockery of that faith and belies his identity as a Catholic," a remark widely held to refer to supporters of John Kerry, though the bishop stated "the church never directs citizens to vote for any specific candidate." The directive was reported to be the first in the nation "that would apply to voters the same controversial sanctions proposed by some bishops against abortion-rights Catholic politicians...also one of the most drastic—equating a particular vote with sinful activity."[1]


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Preceded by
Richard Charles Patrick Hanifen
Bishop of Colorado Springs
2003 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Coadjutor Bishop of Colorado Springs
2001 – 2003
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis
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