Cletus F. O'Donnell

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The Most Reverend
Cletus F. O'Donnell
Bishop of Madison
Church Catholic Church
Appointed February 18, 1967
Term ended April 28, 1992
Predecessor William Patrick O'Connor
Successor William Henry Bullock
Ordination May 3, 1941
by Samuel Stritch
Consecration December 21, 1960
by Albert Gregory Meyer
Personal details
Born August 22, 1917
Waukon, Iowa
Died August 31, 1992(1992-08-31) (aged 75)
Madison, Wisconsin
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago (1960–1967)
Ordination history of
Cletus F. O'Donnell
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated by Albert Gregory Meyer (Chicago)
Date of consecration December 21, 1960
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Cletus F. O'Donnell as principal consecrator
Nevin William Hayes, O. Carm. August 5, 1965
George Otto Wirz March 9, 1978

Cletus Francis O'Donnell (August 22, 1917 – August 31, 1992) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the second Bishop of the Diocese of Madison, in Madison, Wisconsin.[1]


Born in Waukon, Iowa, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1941, for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

On October 26, 1960, Pope John XXIII appointed him auxiliary bishop of the Chicago Archdiocese, and on December 21, 1960, he was consecrated a bishop.

On February 18, 1967, Pope Paul VI appointed O'Donnell bishop of the Madison Diocese. On April 18, 1992, he retired. He died in Madison.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Brief History of the Diocese". Cathedral Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Madison. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  2. ^ Cheney, David M. "Bishop Cletus Francis O'Donnell †". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Patrick O'Connor
Bishop of Madison
Succeeded by
William Henry Bullock
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Succeeded by