Eugene J. McGuinness

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Most Reverend
Eugene Joseph McGuinness
Bishop of Oklahoma City-Tulsa
See Oklahoma City
In office February 1, 1948—December 27, 1957
Predecessor Francis C. Kelley
Successor Victor J. Reed
Ordination May 22, 1915
Personal details
Born (1889-09-06)September 6, 1889
Hellertown, Pennsylvania
Died December 27, 1957(1957-12-27) (aged 68)
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Bishop of Raleigh (1938-44)

Coadjutor Bishop of Oklahoma City-Tulsa (1944-1945)
Priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
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Eugene Joseph McGuinness (September 6, 1889 – December 27, 1957) was an American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Raleigh (1937–44) and Bishop of Oklahoma City-Tulsa (1948–57).


Early life and education[edit]

Eugene McGuinness was born in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, to Daniel and Mary (née Flood) McGuinness.[1] He received his early education at the parochial school of Holy Infancy Church in Bethlehem.[1] He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, and earned a Doctor of both laws and Doctor of Sacred Theology degrees from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Edmond Francis Prendergast on May 22, 1915.[2]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

He served as a curate at St. Paul's Church, St. Agatha's Church, St. John's Church, and the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, all in Philadelphia.[1] He was assistant director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith (1917–19), and field secretary (1919–20) and vice-president (1920–24) of the Catholic Church Extension Society.[1] He was executive secretary of the American Board of Catholic Missions (1923–37), and named a Domestic Prelate in 1929.[1]

Bishop of Raleigh[edit]

On October 13, 1937, McGuinness was appointed Bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina, by Pope Pius XI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following December 21 from Cardinal Dennis Joseph Dougherty, with Bishops William David O'Brien and Hugh L. Lamb serving as co-consecrators.[2]

Coadjutor Bishop of Oklahoma City[edit]

Bishop McGuinness was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Oklahoma City-Tulsa and Titular Bishop of Ilium on November 11, 1944.[2]

Upon the death of Bishop Francis Kelley on February 1, 1948, McGuinness succeeded him as the third Bishop of Oklahoma City-Tulsa.[2] During his 9-year-long administration, he saw the Catholic population in the state grow by almost 40 percent, and received 1,242 adult converts in 1957 alone.[3] Priestly and religious vocations flourished, and he made trips to Ireland and Poland to recruit clergy.[3]

McGuinness died at age 68.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Eugene Joseph McGuinness". [self-published source]
  3. ^ a b "Oklahomanization: 1945-1957". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis Clement Kelley
Bishop of Oklahoma City-Tulsa
Succeeded by
Victor Joseph Reed
Preceded by
William Joseph Hafey
Bishop of Raleigh
Succeeded by
Vincent Stanislaus Waters