|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||My Lord|
Prior to his episcopal career, Finegan was the parish priest of Drumlane from March 1880 to May 1886. He was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Kilmore by Pope Leo XIII on 10 May 1886 and the papal brief was dispatched on 18 May 1886. Finegan's episcopal consecration took place on 13 June 1886; the principal consecrator was James Donnelly, Bishop of Clogher, and the principal co-consecrators were Thomas McNulty, Bishop of Meath and Bartholomew Woodlock, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise.
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|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Kilmore