Ignatius A. Reynolds
|Right Rev. Ignatius Aloysius Reynolds|
|Bishop of Charleston|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|In office||March 19, 1844—March 9, 1855|
|Successor||Patrick Neeson Lynch|
|Ordination||October 24, 1823|
|Consecration||March 19, 1844|
August 22, 1798|
|Died||March 9, 1855
Charleston, South Carolina
Reynolds was born in Bardstown, Kentucky, and enrolled at the theological seminary there at an early age. In December 1821 he entered St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, Maryland, where he was later ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Ambrose Maréchal, P.S.S., on October 24, 1823.
Following his return to Kentucky, Reynolds served as president of St. Joseph's College until 1830, when he succeeded Francis Kenrick as professor of theology at the Bardstown seminary. He later became superior of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, pastor of Louisville, and vicar general of the diocese.
On November 28, 1843, Reynolds was appointed the second Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina, by Pope Gregory XVI. He received his episcopal consecration on March 19, 1844 from Archbishop John Baptist Purcell, with Bishops Michael O'Connor, S.J. and Richard Pius Miles, O.P., serving as co-consecrators, at Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio. During his tenure Reynolds conducted visitations of the entire diocese, which then included both Carolinas and Georgia.
These areas were dominated by Episcopalians, Baptists, and Methodists; there were only about 12,000 Catholics in the diocese in 1846. Reynolds published a five-volume work on his popular predecessor John England, erased the $14,000 debt the same England had incurred, and dedicated the Cathedral of Saint John and Saint Finbar in April 1854.
Reynolds later died at age 56.
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- "Bishop Ignatius Aloysius Reynolds". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.
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- "Charleston". Catholic Encyclopedia.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Charleston
Patrick Neeson Lynch