Hugh Aloysius Donohoe

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Bishop Hugh Aloysius Donohoe (June 28, 1905 – October 26, 1987) was an American Roman Catholic bishop.


Born in San Francisco, California, Donohoe was educated at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park and at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.[1]

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 14, 1930.[2] He then served as a professor at St. Patrick Seminary (1930–42) and editor of The Monitor (1942-7).[1] He became known as a prominent Catholic labor activist.[3]

On August 2, 1947, Donohoe was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco and Titular Bishop of Taium by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following October 7 from Archbishop John Joseph Mitty, with Bishops James Joseph Sweeney and Thomas Arthur Connolly serving as co-consecrators.[2]

Appointed in 1948, the rector of The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. He was named the first Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Stockton on January 27, 1962, and attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965. From August 22, 1969 to his retirement on July 1, 1980, he served as the second Bishop of Fresno.[2] He died at age 82.


  1. ^ a b Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop Hugh Aloysius Donohoe". 
  3. ^ "Catholic Labor Activism: The Career of Bishop Hugh A. Donohoe in California". European Social Science History Conference. 

Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Stockton
Succeeded by
Merlin Guilfoyle
Preceded by
Timothy Manning
Bishop of Fresno
Succeeded by
José de Jesús Madera Uribe