Francis Gilfillan

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Francis Gilfillan (February 16, 1872 – January 13, 1933) was an Irish-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of St. Joseph from 1923 until his death in 1933.

Biography[edit]

Francis Gilfillan was born in Aughavas, County Leitrim, and received his classical education at St. Mary's Seminary in Moyne, County Longford, from 1886 to 1889.[1] From 1889 to 1894, he studied philosophy and theology at St. Patrick's College in Carlow.[1] He was then sent to continue his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.[1]

Gilfillan was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John J. Kain on June 24, 1895.[2] He served as a curate at the Cathedral of St. Louis from 1896 until 1907, when he became pastor of the cathedral.[1] He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Kenrick Seminary and of the Theological Conferences' Committee of the Board of Synodal Examiners.[1]

On July 8, 1922, Gilfillan was appointed coadjutor bishop of Diocese of St. Joseph and titular bishop of Pegae by Pope Pius XI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following November 8 from Archbishop John J. Glennon, with Bishops Christopher E. Byrne and Thomas F. Lillis serving as co-consecrators.[2] Upon the death of Bishop Maurice F. Burke, Gilfillan succeeded him as the third Bishop of St. Joseph on March 17, 1923.[2] He remained in this office until his death nearly ten years later, at age 60.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Marquis, Albert Nelson (1912). The Book of St. Louisans: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the City of St. Louis and Vicinity (II ed.). Chicago: A.N. Marquis & Company. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop Francis Gilfillan". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Maurice Francis Burke
Bishop of St. Joseph
1923–1933
Succeeded by
Charles Hubert Le Blond