Eugene A. Garvey

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Eugene A. Garvey
Bishop of Altoona
In office 1901-1920
Ordination September 22, 1869
by Bishop William O'Hara
Consecration September 8, 1902
by Archbishop Sebastiano Martinelli, O.S.A.
Personal details
Born (1845-10-05)October 5, 1845
Carbondale, Pennsylvania
Died October 22, 1920(1920-10-22) (aged 75)
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Parents Michael and Catherine (née Boylan) Garvey
Education Scranton High School
Alma mater St. Charles College

Eugene Augustine Garvey (October 5, 1845 – October 22, 1920) was an Irish American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the first Bishop of Altoona, Pennsylvania (1901-1920).


One of five children, Garvey was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, to Michael and Catherine (née Boylan) Garvey, who were Irish immigrants.[1] He was raised in nearby Dunmore, where he received his early education.[2] After graduating from Scranton High School, he studied at St. Charles College in Ellicott City, Maryland and at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania.[3]

He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop William O'Hara on September 22, 1869.[4] He then served as a curate in Hawley before being transferred to Athens in 1871.[1] He was pastor of Annunciation Church in Williamsport from 1871 until 1899, when he became vicar general of the Diocese of Scranton and rector of St. John's Church in Pittston.[2] He was named a monsignor in 1900.[2]

On May 31, 1901, Garvey was appointed the first Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Altoona by Pope Leo XIII.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 8 from Archbishop Sebastiano Martinelli, O.S.A., with Bishop Michael John Hoban and John Edmund Fitzmaurice serving as co-consecrators, at St. Peter's Cathedral.[4] He served as Bishop for 19 years, until his death at age 75.


  1. ^ a b Leonard, John William (1905). "GARVEY, Eugene A.". Who's Who in America, 1903-1905. Chicago. 
  2. ^ a b c Thorne, William Henry (1901). The Globe. New York. XI.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ O'Donnell, John Hugh (1922). "The Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1790-1922". The Catholic University of America Studies in American Church History. Washington, D.C. IV. 
  4. ^ a b c "Bishop Eugene Augustine Garvey". [self-published source]
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Altoona
Succeeded by
John Joseph McCort