John Barry (bishop)

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Right Reverend

John Barry
Bishop of Savannah
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
In officeAugust 2, 1857 – November 19, 1859
PredecessorFrancis Xavier Gartland
SuccessorAugustin Verot
OrdinationSeptember 24, 1825
ConsecrationAugust 2, 1857
Personal details
Born(1799-07-16)July 16, 1799
Oylegate, County Wexford, Ireland
DiedNovember 19, 1859(1859-11-19) (aged 60)
Paris, France

John Barry (July 16, 1799 – November 19, 1859) was an Irish-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the second bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia (1857–1859).


Barry was born in Oylegate, County Wexford, to Sylvester and Mary (Donohue) Barry, and while an ecclesiastical student in Ireland attached himself to the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, where he completed his theological studies.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John England on September 24, 1825.[2] Barry was then sent to Georgia, where he served as pastor of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Augusta from 1830 to 1854.[3] During this time, he turned his house into a hospital (and later an orphanage) in the cholera epidemic of 1832.[4] He was also made vicar general of Charleston and superior of the seminary in 1844, and vicar general of the Diocese of Savannah in 1853.[1]

On January 9, 1857, Barry was appointed to succeed the late Francis Xavier Gartland as Bishop of Savannah by Pope Pius IX.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 2 at the Baltimore Cathedral from Archbishop Francis Kenrick, with Bishops Michael Portier and John Neumann, C.SS.R., serving as co-consecrators.[2] His poor health led him to visit Europe in July 1859, and he later died at the convent of the Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God in Paris, France.[4] His remains were returned to the United States, where he was buried at the Church of the Holy Trinity.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "John Barry". Catholic Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop John Barry".
  3. ^ a b "Church Pastors". Church of the Holy Trinity. Archived from the original on 2009-08-13.
  4. ^ a b Clarke, Richard Henry. "RIGHT REV. JOHN BARRY, D.D.". Lives of the Deceased Bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis Xavier Gartland
Bishop of Savannah
Succeeded by
Augustin Verot