Edmond Heelan

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The Most Reverend
Edmond Heelan, DD
Bishop of Sioux City
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Sioux City
In office March 8, 1920 – September 20, 1948
Predecessor Philip Joseph Garrigan
Successor Joseph Maximilian Mueller
Ordination June 24, 1890
Consecration April 8, 1919
by James Keane
Personal details
Born (1868-02-05)February 5, 1868
Elton, County Limerick, Ireland
Died September 20, 1948(1948-09-20) (aged 80)
Sioux City, Iowa
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Sioux City

Edmond Heelan (February 5, 1868 – September 20, 1948) was an Irish-born clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Sioux City from 1920 until his death in 1948.


Edmond Heelan was born in Elton, County Limerick, to John and Anne (née Quish) Heelan.[1] He studied philosophy and theology at All Hallows College in Dublin, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 24, 1890.[2] He then came to the United States, where he became a curate (1890–1893) and rector (1893-1897) at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa.[1] He was pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Fort Dodge from 1897 to 1919.[1]

On December 21, 1918, Heelan was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sioux City and Titular Bishop of Gerasa by Pope Benedict XV.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on April 8, 1919 from Archbishop James Keane, with Bishops James J. Davis and Patrick McGovern servign as co-consecrators.[2] As an auxiliary, he served as rector of the Cathedral of the Epiphany.[3]

Following the death of Bishop Philip Joseph Garrigan, Heelan was named the second Bishop of Sioux City on March 8, 1920.[2] During his nearly thirty-year tenure, he guided the diocese through the Great Depression and World War II, and greatly expanded Catholic education.[3] He died at age 80.


  1. ^ a b c Curtis, Georgina Pell (1947). The American Catholic Who's Who. VII. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop Edmond Heelan". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. [self-published source]
  3. ^ a b "Diocese Info". Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City. Archived from the original on 2009-05-29.