Andrew Brennan (bishop)

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Andrew Brennan
Bishop of Richmond
AppointedFebruary 23, 1923
Term ended1945
OrdinationDecember 17, 1904
ConsecrationApril 15, 1924
by Bishop Michael John Hoban
Personal details
Born(1877-12-14)December 14, 1877
Towanda, Pennsylvania
DiedMay 23, 1956(1956-05-23) (aged 78)
St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Norfolk
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsJames and Ellen (née Flood) Brennan
EducationSt. Bernard's Seminary, Rochester, New York
Alma materHoly Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts

Andrew James Louis Brennan (December 14, 1877 – May 23, 1956) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Richmond from 1926 to 1945.


Andrew Brennan was born in Towanda, Pennsylvania, to James and Ellen (née Flood) Brennan. He studied at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1900. He then attended St. Bernard's Seminary in Rochester, New York, before going to Rome to study at the Pontifical North American College.[1] Brennan was ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1904. He earned a Doctor of Divinity degree in Rome in 1905.[2] Following his return to Pennsylvania, he taught Greek and Latin at St. Thomas College from 1905 to 1908.[1] He also served as chancellor of the Diocese of Scranton (1908-1923). While chancellor, he wrote the "Scranton, Diocese of" article for the Catholic Encyclopedia.[3] Brennan served as rector of St. Peter's Cathedral from 1914 to 1924.[2]

On February 23, 1923, Brennan was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Scranton and Titular Bishop of Thapsus by Pope Pius XI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following April 15 from Bishop Michael John Hoban, with Bishops Bernard Joseph Mahoney and John Murray serving as co-consecrators.[4] In addition to his episcopal duties, he served as pastor of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Dunmore.[2] Following the resignation of Bishop Denis J. O'Connell in January 1926, Brennan was appointed the eighth Bishop of Richmond, Virginia, on May 28, 1926.[4] He suffered a paralytic stroke in 1934 and again in 1935.[5] His long illness cut short his service to the diocese. After nineteen years as Bishop of Richmond, Brennan resigned on April 14, 1945; he was appointed Titular Bishop of Telmissus on the same date.[4] He later died at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Norfolk, aged 78.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "BISHOP BRENNAN OF RICHMOND, 78". The New York Times. 1956-05-24.
  2. ^ a b c Curtis, Georgina Pell (1947). The American Catholic Who's Who. VII. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
  3. ^ "Brennan, Reverend Andrew James", The Catholic Encyclopedia and Its Makers, New York, the Encyclopedia Press, 1917, p. 19 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ a b c "Bishop Andrew James Louis Brennan".[self-published source]
  5. ^ "Bishop Andrew J. Brennan Ill". The New York Times. 1935-05-28.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Denis J. O'Connell
Bishop of Richmond
Succeeded by
Peter Leo Ireton
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Scranton
Succeeded by