John E. McCarthy

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John Edward McCarthy (born June 21, 1930) is an American Roman Catholic bishop; he was the third Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Austin (1985-2001).

Early life[edit]

McCarthy was born in Houston, Texas, to George McCarthy and Grace O'Brien McCarthy. McCarthy graduated from St. Thomas High School in Houston,TX and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston in 1956. He was also awarded a master's degree in theology from the University of St. Thomas in 1979.[1]

Priest and bishop[edit]

McCarthy was ordained to the priesthood May 25, 1956 for the then Diocese of Galveston. Rev. McCarthy was consecrated auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston on March 14, 1979.

After serving as Houston's auxiliary bishop, he was appointed Bishop of Austin on December 24, 1985,[2] and installed on February 26, 1986.

Bishop McCarthy, who had headed the Austin Diocese since 1985, was granted his request to retire on Jan. 2, 2001.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Bishop John E. McCarthy". Diocese of Austin. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Auten, Roseana (December 27, 1996). "Austin Ain't Boys' Town". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop Emeritus of Austin
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Vincent Madeley Harris
Bishop of Austin
Succeeded by
Gregory Michael Aymond
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-Houston
Succeeded by