F. Joseph Gossman

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The Most Reverend

Francis Joseph Gossman
Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh
See Atlanta
Installed April 8, 1975
Term ended June 8, 2006
Predecessor Vincent Stanislaus Waters
Successor Michael Francis Burbidge
Other posts Vice-chancellor of Baltimore, assistant pastor of the Basilica of the Assumption, Administrator of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, Titular Bishop of Aguntum
Ordination December 17, 1955
Consecration September 11, 1968
Personal details
Birth name Francis Joseph Gossman
Born (1930-04-01)April 1, 1930
Baltimore, Maryland
Died August 12, 2013(2013-08-12) (aged 83)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Parents Frank Gossman and Genevieve Steadman Gossman
Alma mater St. Mary's Seminary, Pontifical Gregorian University, Catholic University of America
Styles of
F. Joseph Gossman
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Francis Joseph Gossman (April 1, 1930 – August 12, 2013) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as a bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina from 1975 to 2006.[1][2]


Early life and education[edit]

Gossman was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Frank and Genevieve (née Steadman) Gossman. He attended St. Charles College in Ellicott City and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, from where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in 1952. He then furthered his studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Ordination and ministry[edit]

In Rome, Gossman was ordained a priest on December 17, 1955. He earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1956. Upon his return to the United States, Gossman began his graduate studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., receiving a doctorate in canon law in June 1959.

He then served as vice-chancellor for the Archdiocese and assistant pastor at the Basilica of the Assumption until 1968, whence he became administrator of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. He was also raised to the rank of Monsignor on June 27, 1965.

Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore[edit]

On July 15, 1968, Gossman was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland and Titular Bishop of Aguntum by Pope Paul VI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 11 from Lawrence Cardinal Sheehan, with Bishops Thomas Murphy and Thomas Mardaga serving as co-consecrators. As an auxiliary, he served as vicar for inner Baltimore.

Bishop of Raleigh[edit]

Gossman was later named the fourth Bishop of Raleigh on April 8, 1975. After a 31-year-long tenure and reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, his resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on June 8, 2006.

Gossman died from a long-term illness on August 12, 2013.[3]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Vincent Stanislaus Waters
Bishop of Raleigh
Succeeded by
Michael Francis Burbidge
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore
Succeeded by