George John Rehring

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George John Rehring (June 10, 1890 – February 29, 1976) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Toledo from 1950 to 1967.


Early life and education[edit]

Rehring was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Bernard L. and Mary A. (née Sander) Rehring.[1] He attended St. Gregory's Preparatory Seminary and Mount St. Mary's Seminary, both in Cincinnati.


He was ordained to the priesthood on March 28, 1914.[2] He served as a curate at St. Mary's Church in Hillsboro before being assigned to SS. Peter and Paul Church in Reading.[1] In 1921, he received his first pastorate at Guardian Angels Church in Cincinnati.

He became professor of theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in 1923.[1] From 1926 to 1928, he continued his studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome, where he earned a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree.[3] He served as rector of Mount St. Mary's Seminary from 1931 to 1940. He was named a domestic prelate in 1932.[1]

On August 6, 1937, Rehring was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and titular bishop of Lunda by Pope Pius XI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following October 7 from Archbishop John T. McNicholas, with Bishops Joseph H. Albers and Urban John Vehr serving as co-consecrators.[2] As an auxiliary bishop, he served as pastor of St. Mary's Church in the Hyde Park section of Cincinnati from 1940 to 1950.[1]

Rehring was named the fourth Bishop of Toledo on July 16, 1950.[2] He attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965. After reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, he resigned as bishop of Toledo on February 25, 1967; on the same date, he was appointed titular bishop of Tunnuna, a post which he resigned on December 31, 1970.[2]


Rehring died at age 85.


  1. ^ a b c d e Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bishop George John Rehring". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  3. ^ Accessed 15 Jan., 2015; The American Catholic Who's Who, wol. 14, ed. Georgina Pell Curtis, Benedict Elder, p. 386
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Titular Bishop of Tunnuna
Succeeded by
Urbano José Allgaye
Preceded by
Karl Joseph Alter
Bishop of Toledo
Succeeded by
John Anthony Donovan
Preceded by
Joseph H. Albers, D.D.
Titular Bishop of Lunda
Succeeded by
Luís António Palha Teixeira