John Bernard Delany

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John Bernard Delany (August 9, 1864 – June 11, 1906) was an American Roman Catholic bishop.

Delany was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, and studied the classics and philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.[1] After graduating from Boston College in June 1887, he was sent to the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice in Paris.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal François-Marie-Benjamin Richard on May 23, 1891.[2]

Following his return to the United States, he served as curate at St. Anne's Church in Manchester, New Hampshire, and at Immaculate Conception Church in Portsmouth.[1] In 1898 he became chancellor of the Diocese of Manchester and secretary to Bishop Denis Mary Bradley. He was founder and editor of the diocesan newspaper The Guidon.[1]

On April 18, 1904, Delany was appointed the second Bishop of Manchester by Pope Pius X.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 8 from Archbishop Diomede Falconio, with Bishops William Henry O'Connell and Edward Patrick Allen serving as co-consecrators, at St. Joseph's Cathedral.[2] He died just 21 months later, aged 41.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Denis Mary Bradley
Bishop of Manchester
Succeeded by
George Albert Guertin