Thomas Lawrence Noa

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Thomas Lawrence Noa (December 18, 1892 – March 13, 1977) was an American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Marquette from 1947 to 1968.

Biography[edit]

One of nine children, Thomas Noa was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, to John and Magdalene (née Walczak) Noa.[1] He attended St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1907 to 1911, and continued his studies at the College of the Propaganda in Rome, where he earned a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree in 1917.[1] While in Rome, he was ordained to the priesthood on December 23, 1916.[2] Following his return to Michigan, he served as a professor (1917–27) and rector (1927–46) at St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids.[1] He was named a Domestic Prelate by Pope Pius XI in 1935.[1]

On February 22, 1946, Noa was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, and Titular Bishop of Salona by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following March 19 from Cardinal Edward Mooney, with Bishops Charles Daniel White and Joseph H. Albers serving as co-consecrators.[2] Following the death of Bishop Francis Joseph Magner, Noa was named the eighth Bishop of Marquette on August 25, 1947.[2] He attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965.

After twenty-one years as Bishop of Marquette, he retired on January 5, 1968; he was appointed Titular Bishop of Talaptula by Pope Paul VI on the same date.[2] He later resigned his titular see on December 31, 1970.[2] He died at age 84.

References[edit]

  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 f "Bishop Thomas Lawrence Noa". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis Joseph Magner
Bishop of Marquette
1947–1968
Succeeded by
Charles Salatka