Charles Joseph O'Reilly

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Charles Joseph O'Reilly
Bishop of Baker City
Charles Joseph O'Reilly.jpg
Charles Joseph O'Reilly
AppointedJune 25, 1903
OrdinationJune 29, 1890
ConsecrationAugust 25, 1904
Personal details
Born(1860-01-04)January 4, 1860
St. John, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedFebruary 4, 1923(1923-02-04) (aged 63)
DenominationRoman Catholic
EducationSt. Joseph's College, Memramcook
Alma materGrand Seminary, Montreal
Bishop Charles J. O'Reilly visiting Umatilla Indian reservation, June 1907

Charles Joseph O'Reilly (January 4, 1860 – February 4, 1923) was a Canadian-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the first bishop of the Diocese of Baker City, Oregon (1903–1918) and the third bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska (1918–1923).


He was born in St. John, New Brunswick, and received his education at St. Joseph's College, Memramcook, and the Grand Seminary, Montreal.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood at Portland, Oregon, on June 29, 1890.[2] He was then named to the mission of Oswego and Tegardville, and was made rector of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Portland, in February 1894.[3]

On June 25, 1903, O'Reilly was appointed the first Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Baker City by Pope Leo XIII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 25 from Archbishop Alexander Christie, with Bishops Alphonse Joseph Glorieux and Edward John O'Dea serving as co-consecrators.[2]

He was named the third Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska on March 20, 1918.[2] For several years he edited the Catholic Sentinel.[4]

O'Reilly died at age 63.


  1. ^ McDonnell, John Hugh (1922). The Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1790-1922. IV. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop Charles Joseph O'Reilly".[self-published source]
  3. ^ "Diocese of Baker City". Catholic Encyclopedia.
  4. ^  "O'Reilly, Charles J." . Collier's New Encyclopedia. 1921.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Baker City
Succeeded by
Joseph Francis McGrath
Preceded by
John Henry Tihen
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Francis Beckman