George W. Ahr

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George W. Ahr
Bishop of Trenton
In office1950–1979
Orders
OrdinationJuly 29, 1928
ConsecrationMarch 20, 1951
by Archbishop Thomas J. Walsh
Personal details
Born(1904-06-23)June 23, 1904
Newark, New Jersey
DiedMay 5, 1993(1993-05-05) (aged 88)
Morris Hall Home of the Aged
NationalityAmerican
DenominationRoman Catholic
EducationSt. Ann's Grammar School
Alma materSt. Benedict's Preparatory School

George William Ahr (June 23, 1904 – May 5, 1993) was an American prelate of the Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Trenton from 1950 to 1979.

Biography[edit]

George Ahr was born in Newark, New Jersey, and attended St. Ann's Grammar School and St. Benedict's Preparatory School.[1] He then studied at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and, returning to New Jersey, at Seton Hall University in South Orange.[1] After completing his theological studies in Rome at the Pontifical North American College, he was ordained to the priesthood on July 29, 1928.[2] He later earned a doctorate in sacred theology in 1929.[1]

Following his return to the United States, Ahr did pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Newark, where he first served as a curate at St. Mary's Church in Jersey City.[1] He later served at St. Venantius Church in Orange until 1930, when he became a professor at Seton Hall Preparatory School.[1] He was named professor of dogmatic theology (1933) and later rector (1947) at Immaculate Conception Seminary.[1]

On January 28, 1950, Ahr was appointed the seventh Bishop of Trenton by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following March 20 from Archbishop Thomas J. Walsh, with Bishops Bartholomew J. Eustace and Thomas A. Boland serving as co-consecrators.[2] During his tenure, he increased the number of Catholics from 300,000 to 850,000, and founded 50 parishes and dedicated 100 new churches, 90 schools, and over 60 other buildings.[1] He attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965. He perceived a growing anti-clericalism in the United States,[3] and opposed the Christian Layman's Experimental Organization.[4]

After twenty-nine years as bishop, Ahr retired on June 23, 1979; he was the longest-serving bishop of Trenton.[2] He later died at Morris Hall Home of the Aged in Lawrenceville, aged 88.[1]

St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Edison was named in his honor from 1983 to 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Obituary". The New York Times. May 8, 1993.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop George William Ahr". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.[self-published source]
  3. ^ "The Lowly Catholic Layman". Time. August 17, 1962. Archived from the original on November 27, 2005.
  4. ^ "The Underground Church". Time. September 29, 1967. Archived from the original on December 15, 2008.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Trenton
1950–1979
Succeeded by