Thomas Joseph Shahan

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Bishop
Thomas J. Shahan
Rector of the Catholic University of America 1909-1928; Auxiliary bishop of Baltimore 1914-1932
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Bishop Shahan's grave in the National Shrine
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore
See Germanicopolis
Predecessor Joseph Maria Koudelka
Successor Franciscus Joosten
Orders
Ordination 3 June 1882
Consecration 15 November 1914
Personal details
Birth name Thomas Joseph Shahan
Born (1857-09-11)11 September 1857
Manchester, New Hampshire
Died 9 March 1932(1932-03-09) (aged 74)
Buried Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Nationality Irish
Occupation Church historian
Alma mater The American College, Rome; Pontifical Roman Seminary; University of Berlin

Thomas Joseph Shahan (September 11, 1857 – March 9, 1932) was an American Roman Catholic theologian and educator, born at Manchester, New Hampshire, educated at Collège de Montréal (1872) at the Pontifical North American College, and at the Propaganda in Rome.

He studied at the Roman Seminary (J.U.L., 1889) and at the University of Berlin (S.T.D., 1891), then served as professor of Church law and patrology at The Catholic University of America (1891–1909) and as rector of the university (1909–1928). It was under his rectorship that African American students were barred from the university.[1] He was also president of the Catholic Educational Association in 1909-14 and of the National Conference of Catholic Charities in 1910-14. In 1914 he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, and ordained titular bishop of Germanicopolis on 15 November that year.[2]

Professor Shahan was an editor of the Catholic Encyclopedia (published in 1913), editor in chief of The Catholic Historical Review from its foundation in 1915 until 1928, and one of the editors of Universal Knowledge: A Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Arts and Sciences, History and Biography, Law, Literature, Religions, Nations, Races, Customs and Institutions (New York: Universal Knowledge Foundation, 1927).

Bishop Shahan founded the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Published works[edit]

As author[edit]

  • The Blessed Virgin in the Catacombs (1892)
  • Giovanni Batista de Rossi (1900)
  • The Beginnings of Christianity (1903)
  • The Middle Ages (1904)
  • The House of God and Other Addresses and Studies (1905)
  • St. Patrick in History (1905)

As translator[edit]

  • Otto Bardenhewer, Patrology: The Lives and Works of the Fathers of the Church; translated from the second edition by Thomas J. Shahan. Freiburg im Breisgau and St. Louis, Missouri: B. Herder, 1908.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Denis J. O'Connell
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Rector of CUA

1909–1927
Succeeded by
James Hugh Ryan