Thomas Martin Aloysius Burke

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Thomas Martin Aloysius Burke (January 10, 1840 – January 20, 1915) was an Irish-born clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Albany from 1894 until his death in 1915.

Biography[edit]

Thomas Burke was born in Swinford, County Mayo, and came to the United States with his father, a physician, in 1850, settling in Utica, New York.[1] He received his early education under the Christian Brothers in Utica, and attended St. Michael's College in Toronto, Canada.[2] In 1856, he entered St. Charles College in Ellicott City, Maryland, where he befriended his classmate James Gibbons.[2] He completed his theological studies at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore.[1]

Burke was ordained to the priesthood on June 30, 1864.[3] He then served as a curate at St. John's Church in Albany until 1865, when he succeeded John J. Conroy as pastor of St. Joseph's Church in the same city.[1] He became vicar general under Bishop Francis McNierney in 1887, and was named a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in 1890.[2]

On May 15, 1894, Burke was appointed the fourth Bishop of Albany by Pope Leo XIII.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on the following July 1 from Archbishop Michael Corrigan, with Bishops Bernard John McQuaid and Patrick Anthony Ludden serving as co-consecrators, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.[3] During his administration, he enlarged the Boys' Asylum in Albany, reduced diocesan debt, and renovated the cathedral.[4]

He died at age 75.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Herbermann, Charles George, ed. (1915). Historical Records and Studies VIII. New York: United States Catholic Historical Society. 
  2. ^ a b c "BISHOP OF ALBANY DIOCESE; APPOINTMENT AT ROME OF THE VERY REV. T.M.A. BURKE". The New York Times. 1894-05-19. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bishop Thomas Martin Aloysius Burke". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  4. ^ "Albany". Catholic Encyclopedia. 

External links[edit]

  • Biographical sketch from Vol. I, pp. 232–238 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911).
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis McNierney
Bishop of Albany
1894—1915
Succeeded by
Thomas Cusack