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Albert Henry Ottenweller

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The Most Reverend

Albert Henry Ottenweller
Bishop of Steubenville
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
SeeDiocese of Steubenville
In officeOctober 11,1977 -
January 28, 1992
PredecessorAnthony John King Mussio
SuccessorGilbert Ignatius Sheldon
OrdinationJune 19, 1943
by Karl Joseph Alter
ConsecrationMay 29, 1974
by John Anthony Donovan
Personal details
Born(1916-04-05)April 5, 1916
DiedSeptember 23, 2012(2012-09-23) (aged 96)
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Previous post(s)Auxiliary Bishop of Toledo
1974 to 1977
EducationSt. Joseph's College
Catholic University of America

Albert Henry Ottenweller (April 5, 1916 – September 23, 2012) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the second bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville in Ohio from 1977 to 1992. He previously served as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Toledo in Ohio from 1974 to 1977.


Early life[edit]

Albert Ottenweller was born in Stanford, Montana, to Charles and Mary (née Hake) Ottenweller.[1] At age six, his family moved to Leipsic, Ohio,, where he attended the parochial school of St. Mary's Parish.[2] He then attended St. Joseph's High School and St. Joseph's College, both in Rensselaer, Indiana.[3] Ottenweller continued his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1943.[1]


St. John's Catholic Church, Delphos

Ottenweller was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Toledo by Bishop Karl Alter on June 19, 1943.[4] After his ordination, Ottenweller had the following parish assignments in Ohio:

In addition to his pastoral duties, Ottenweller served as director of the Spanish Apostolate (1958 – 1969) and was named vicar general of the diocese in 1968.[3]

Auxiliary Bishop of Toledo[edit]

On April 17, 1974, Pope Paul VI appointed Ottenweller as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Toledo and the titular bishop of Perdices. He was consecrated by Bishop John Donovan on May 29, 1974.[4] Ottenweller served as head of the USCCB Committee on the Laity from 1978 to 1981.

Bishop of Steubenville[edit]

Ottenweller was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville on September 27, 1977, by Pope Paul VI. He was installed on November 22, 1977.

In 1989, Ottenweller was arrested with other protestors outside a women's health clinic that provided abortion services in Youngstown, Ohio. Refusing to post bail, he spent six days in jail before his trial.[8]

Retirement and legacy[edit]

On January 28, 1992, Pope John Paul II accepted Ottenweller's resignation as bishop of Steubenville.[4] After his resignation, he moved back to Toledo. He helped establish the Center for Servant Leadership, an institution in Toledo to support individual development.[8]

Ottenweller died on September 23, 2012, at the Ursuline Center in Toledo after a brief illness.[8]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. Vol. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
  2. ^ Leipsic St. Mary Catholic Church
  3. ^ a b c "Most Reverend Albert H. Ottenweller", Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville
  4. ^ a b c "Bishop Albert Henry Ottenweller". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  5. ^ St. Richard's Church, Swanton
  6. ^ "St. Joseph's Chapel", St. Mary's, Edgerton
  7. ^ OLMC, Bono
  8. ^ a b c d "Retired Bishop Ottenweller of Steubenville, Ohio, dies at age 96", Catholic News Service, September 26, 2012