Aloysius Joseph Willinger

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Aloysius Joseph Willinger
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style none

Aloysius Joseph Willinger, C.Ss.R., (April 19, 1886 – July 25, 1973) was an American member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, commonly known as the Redemptorist Fathers, and a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Ponce from 1929 to 1946, and Bishop of Monterey-Fresno from 1953 to 1967.[1]


Willinger was born in Baltimore, Maryland on 1886, and entered the Redemptorist novitiate located in Ilchester, Maryland, in 1905, making his profession of religious vows as a member of the Congregation on August 2, 1906. He then studied theology at Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, New York, where he was ordained a priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer on July 2, 1911.[1]

On March 8, 1929, Willinger was appointed the second Bishop of Ponce in Puerto Rico by Pope Pius XI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following October 28 from Archbishop Thomas Edmund Molloy, the Bishop of Brooklyn, with Bishops John Mark Gannon and John Joseph Dunn serving as co-consecrators.

Willinger was named Coadjutor Bishop of Monterey-Fresno, California, and Titular Bishop of Bida on December 12, 1946 by Pope Pius XII. He later succeeded the late Philip George Scher as the eleventh Bishop of Monterey-Fresno upon the latter's death on January 3, 1953. He attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965.

On October 16, 1967, Willinger retired as Bishop of Monterey-Fresno and was appointed Titular Bishop of Tiguala. He later died at age 87.


Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edwin Byrne
Bishop of Ponce
Succeeded by
James Edward McManus, C.Ss.R.
Preceded by
Philip George Scher
Bishop of Monterey-Fresno
Succeeded by
Harry Anselm Clinch