Dennis Marion Schnurr

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Dennis Marion Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati
Way of the Cross Good Friday, Duluth 2006.jpg
Dennis Marion Schnurr, 15 April 2006
AppointedOctober 17, 2008 (Coadjutor)
InstalledDecember 21, 2009
PredecessorDaniel Edward Pilarczyk
OrdinationJuly 20, 1974
by Frank Henry Greteman
ConsecrationApril 2, 2001
by Harry Joseph Flynn, Gabriel Montalvo Higuera, and Lawrence Donald Soens
Personal details
Born (1948-06-21) June 21, 1948 (age 72)
Sheldon, Iowa
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
"Seek the face of the Lord"
Styles of
Dennis Marion Schnurr
Coat of arms of Dennis Marion Schnurr.svg
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop
Ordination history of
Dennis Marion Schnurr
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byHarry Joseph Flynn (St Paul & Minn.)
DateApril 2, 2001
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Dennis Marion Schnurr as principal consecrator
Joseph R. BinzerJune 9, 2011
Jeffrey Marc MonfortonSeptember 10, 2012

Dennis Marion Schnurr (born June 21, 1948) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio.[1][better source needed]


Early life and education[edit]

Dennis Schnurr was born in Sheldon, Iowa, to Edward and Eleanor (née Jungers) Schnurr. One of six children, he has two brothers and three sisters. Raised in Hospers, he attended Spalding Catholic High School in Granville before entering Loras College in Dubuque, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970. He later earned a M.A. in Theology in 1974 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.[2]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Schnurr was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Frank Greteman on July 20, 1974 for the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa. He was an associate pastor at the Cathedral of the Epiphany and at Blessed Sacrament Church until 1977, whence he began his graduate studies at the Catholic University of America School of Canon Law, receiving a doctorate in canon law in 1980. He then served as Vice-Chancellor (1980–1981) and Chancellor (1981–1985) of the Diocese of Sioux City, as well as the diocesan finance officer (1980–1985), a judge on the diocesan tribunal (1980–1985), and secretary of the presbyteral council (1981–1985).

In 1985, Schnurr was assigned to the staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C..[citation needed] He served as Associate General Secretary of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference from 1989 to 1995; during his tenure, he supervised those departments dealing with education, domestic and international social policy, and communications. Schnurr organized the 1993 World Youth Day[3] in Denver, Colorado, which was the only time the United States has hosted the event. He was raised to the rank of Prelate of Honor of His Holiness in 1993 as well, and elected general secretary of the NCCB/USCC in 1994.

Bishop of Duluth[edit]

On January 18, 2001, Schnurr was appointed the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Duluth by Pope John Paul II.[citation needed] He received his episcopal consecration on April 2, 2001 from Archbishop Harry Flynn, with Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo Higuera and Bishop Lawrence Soens serving as co-consecrators. He selected as his episcopal motto: Quaerite Faciem Domini, meaning, "Seek the face of the Lord" (Psalms 105:4).

Archbishop of Cincinnati[edit]

Schnurr was later named Coadjutor Archbishop of Cincinnati by Pope Benedict XVI on October 17, 2008.[citation needed] As coadjutor, he automatically succeeded Pilarczyk upon the latter's retirement as Archbishop of Cincinnati on December 21, 2009.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archbishop Dennis Marion Schnurr". David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  2. ^ Fox, Joanne (December 26, 2009). "Hospers native Archbishop of Cincinnati". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Ho, Dan (October 18, 2008). "Duluth's bishop to lead Catholics". Cincinnati Enquirer. ProQuest 237640007.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Daniel Edward Pilarczyk
Archbishop of Cincinnati
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Roger Lawrence Schwietz
Bishop of Duluth
Succeeded by
Paul Sirba