Daniel Francis Desmond

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Daniel Francis Desmond
Bishop of Alexandria in Louisiana
SeeDiocese of Alexandria in Louisiana
AppointedDecember 16, 1932
Term ended1945
PredecessorCornelius Van de Ven
SuccessorCharles Pasquale Greco
OrdinationJune 9, 1911
by Joseph Gaudentius Anderson
ConsecrationJanuary 5, 1933
by John Bertram Peterson
Personal details
Born(1884-04-04)April 4, 1884
DiedSeptember 11, 1945(1945-09-11) (aged 61)
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsDaniel and Catherine (née Lynch) Desmond
EducationCollege of the Holy Cross (BA)
St. John Seminary

Daniel Francis Desmond (April 4, 1884—September 11, 1945) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana from 1933 until his death in 1945.


Early life[edit]

Daniel Desmond was born on April 4, 1884, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, to Daniel and Catherine (née Lynch) Desmond.[1] His father was a shoemaker from Bandon, County Cork in Ireland.[2] After graduating from St. James High School at Haverhill in 1900, Daniel Desmond studied at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1906.[1] He completed his theological studies at St. John Seminary in Boston.[1]


Desmond was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston by Bishop Joseph Anderson on June 9, 1911.[3] He then served as a curate at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Beachmont, Massachusetts, until 1912, when he was transferred to St. Joseph Parish in Medford, Massachusetts.[1] During World War I, Desmond was a chaplain in the United States Army (with the rank of First Lieutenant) from 1918 to 1919.[1] Returning from service, he became a curate at St. Clement Parish in Somerville, Massacnusetts, and was later named director of Catholic Charities (1926).[1]

Bishop of Alexandria[edit]

On December 16, 1932, Desmond was appointed the fifth Bishop of Alexandria in Louisiana by Pope Pius XI.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on January 5, 1933, from Bishop John Peterson, with Bishops Joseph McCarthy and Francis Spellman serving as co-consecrators, at Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston.[3] He established 10 new schools, 22 parishes, and 35 churches.

Daniel Desmond died from a heart attack on September 11, 1945, while visiting family in Massachusetts; he was age 61.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. Vol. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
  2. ^ O'Malley, Patricia Trainor (1992). The Irish in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Vol. II. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing.
  3. ^ a b c "Bishop Daniel Francis Desmond". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.[self-published source]
  4. ^ "Bishop Daniel Desmond, Head of Alexandria, La., Diocese Dies on Visit to Relatives". The New York Times. 1945-09-12.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Alexandria in Louisiana
Succeeded by