Raymond James Boland

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Raymond James Boland (February 8, 1932 – February 27, 2014) was the second Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama and the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph.

Styles of
Raymond Boland
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style not applicable

Born in Ireland, Bishop Boland received his early education from the Christian Brothers in Cork. He trained at All Hallows College, Dublin, as a missionary priest, while also taking a degree at University College Dublin and was ordained to the priesthood on June 16, 1957, for the Archdiocese of Washington. He was appointed Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama on February 2, 1988, and consecrated on March 25, 1988. He was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph on June 22, 1993. The Vatican accepted Bishop Boland's request for retirement on May 24, 2005, after which he served as Bishop Emeritus of the diocese. Bishop Boland died on the evening February 27, 2014, in Cork, Ireland.

After reports indicated that the death rate of priests from AIDS is at least four times that of the general population, bishop Raymond Boland asserted that the AIDS deaths show that priests are human.[1]

His brother, John Kevin Boland, was the Bishop of Savannah (Georgia).

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Joseph Gregory Vath
Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama
Succeeded by
David Edward Foley
Preceded by
John Joseph Sullivan
Bishop of Kansas City-Saint Joseph
Succeeded by
Robert William Finn


  1. ^ The Gay Priest Problem