Francis John Dunn

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This article is about a Catholic Bishop. For the secretary of the Wisconsin Territory, see Francis J. Dunn.
Most Reverend
Francis J. Dunn
Auxiliary Bishop of Dubuque
Church Catholic Church
See Titular See of Turris Tamalleni
Appointed June 1, 1969
In office August 27, 1969–November 17, 1989
Ordination January 11, 1948
by Edward Aloysius Fitzgerald
Consecration August 27, 1969
by James Joseph Byrne
Personal details
Born (1922-03-22)March 22, 1922
Elkader, Iowa
Died November 17, 1989(1989-11-17) (aged 67)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Francis John Dunn (March 22, 1922 – November 17, 1989) was a bishop in the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Dubuque in the state of Iowa from 1969 to 1989.


Dunn was born in Elkader, Iowa. He received his college education at Loras College in Dubuque. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Dubuque on January 11, 1948 by Auxiliary Bishop Edward Aloysius Fitzgerald at St. Raphael’s Cathedral. His first assignments were outside the city of Dubuque. From 1952 to 1955 he served Nativity Parish in Dubuque as an assistant pastor. In 1956 he was named assistant chancellor and chaplain of St. Anthony’s Home for the Aged. He was sent to Rome for further studies and when he returned he served as head of the Family Life Bureau. From 1961 to 1969 he served as the chaplain for the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Mount Carmel Convent and as Director of Catholic Cemeteries for the archdiocese.[1]

On June 1, 1969 Pope Paul VI named him Titular Bishop of Turris Tamalleni and Auxiliary Bishop of Dubuque. He was ordained a bishop by Archbishop James Byrne of Dubuque in St. Raphael’s Cathedral on August 27, 1969. The principal co-consecrators were Archbishop Leo Binz of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Bishop Edward Fitzgerald now of Winona.[2] While he served as auxiliary bishop in Dubuque he was also the vicar general of the archdiocese and pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Church. On February 8, 1987, Archbishop Daniel Kucera announced his plans to divide the archdiocese into three regions with a resident bishop in each region. Bishop Dunn served the Cedar Rapids Region, Bishop William Edwin Franklin served the Waterloo Region, and the archbishop in Dubuque.[3] Dunn died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on November 17, 1989 at the age of 67.


  1. ^ "DUNN, Francis John". Encyclopedia Dubuque. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Bishop Francis John Dunn". Retrieved 2010-07-20. [self-published source]
  3. ^ "KUCERA, Daniel". Encyclopedia Dubuque. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Dubuque
Succeeded by