John Joseph Scanlan

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John Joseph Scanlan
Bishop of Honolulu
ChurchRoman Catholic
AppointedMarch 6,1968
In office1968-1981
PredecessorJames Joseph Sweeney
SuccessorJoseph Anthony Ferrario
Other post(s)Auxiliary Bishop of Honolulu
Ordination22 June 1930
ConsecrationSeptember 21, 1954
by John Joseph Mitty
Personal details
Born(1906-05-24)May 24, 1906
DiedJanuary 31, 1997(1997-01-31) (aged 90)
San Rafael, California, US
Memorial stone above the crypt of Bishop Scanlan in the sanctuary of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu

John Joseph Scanlan (May 24, 1906 – January 31, 1997) was an American Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the second bishop of the Diocese of Honolulu in Hawaii from 1968 to 1981. He previously served as an auxiliary bishop of the same diocese from 1954 to 1968.


Early life[edit]

John Scanlan was born on May 24, 1906, in Iniscarra in County Cork, Ireland. [1]He trained at All Hallows College in Dublin. Scanlan was ordained by Bishop John Francis Norton for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on June 22, 1930, in Dublin.[1] After his ordination, Scanlan served in pastoral positions at parishes in Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose. He directed the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men and taught religion in high school.[2]

Auxiliary Bishop and Bishop of Honolulu[edit]

On July 8, 1954, Pope Pius XII appointed Scanlan as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Honolulu and titular bishop of Cenae. He was consecrated on September 21, 1954, by Archbishop John Joseph Mitty.[1] On November 10, 1967, Scanlan was appointed apostolic administrator and took charge of the administration of the diocese.[1]

On March 6, 1968, Pope Paul VI appointed Scanlan as bishop of the Diocese of Honolulu.[3]

On June 30, 1981, Scanlan retired but continued to be active as bishop emeritus. John Scanlan died in San Rafael, California, on January 31, 1997.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bishop John Joseph Scanlan [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  2. ^ a b "John Joseph Scanlan". SFGATE. 6 February 1997. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Wilmington and Honolulu Get New Catholic Bishops". Retrieved 27 September 2022.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Honolulu
Succeeded by