John Joyce Russell
|The Most Reverend
John Joyce Russell
|Bishop of Richmond|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|In office||July 3, 1958 — April 28, 1973|
|Predecessor||Peter Leo Ireton|
|Successor||Walter Francis Sullivan|
|Born||December 1, 1897
|Died||March 17, 1993(aged 95)|
|Ordination history of John Joyce Russell|
|Principal consecrator||Amleto Giovanni Cicognani|
|Date of consecration||March 14, 1950|
|James Louis Flaherty||October 15, 1966|
|Walter Francis Sullivan||December 1, 1970|
John Russell was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to John and Mary (née Joyce) Russell. He received his early education at Calvert Hall and Loyola High School. From 1912 to 1917, he studied at St. Charles College in Ellicott City. He earned his Master of Arts degree from St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore in 1919, and a Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome in 1923. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 8, 1923.
Following his return to Baltimore, Russell served as a curate at St. Martin Church from 1923 to 1937. He also served as diocesan director of Catholic Big Brothers and of the Holy Name Societes (1927–46). From 1929 to 1946, he was diocesan director of the Catholic Evidence Guild. He was pastor of St. Ursula Parish in Baltimore from 1937 to 1946, and was named a domestic prelate in 1945. He then served as pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. (1946-1948) and diocesan director of Catholic Charities (1946–50). From 1948 to 1950, he was pastor of the Church of the Nativity.
On January 28, 1950, Russell was appointed Bishop of Charleston by Pope Pius XII. He received his episcopal consecration on the following March 14 from Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, with Archbishop Patrick O'Boyle and Bishop John Michael McNamara serving as co-consecrators. His relative William Thomas Russell had previously served as the Bishop of Charleston.
Russell was later named the tenth Bishop of Richmond on July 3, 1958, being installed as such on September 30 of that same year. From 1962 to 1965 he attended the Second Vatican Council. In implementing the Council's reforms, Bishop Russell established a Diocesan Commission on Ecumenical Affairs in 1963, and a Diocesan Pastoral Council and a Council of Priests in 1966. A champion of civil rights, he had the parents of prospective students for Richmond's Catholic schools be interviewed for signs of racism.
- St. Ursula Church
- St. Patrick Catholic Church: Our History Retrieved 2012-03-02.
- Church of the Nativity
- The Catholic Diocese of Richmond. History of the Diocese of Richmond
- TIME Magazine. Bumpy Road in Richmond February 28, 1972
- The Catholic Virginian. Little Sisters of the Poor welcome international superior to Richmond September 11, 2006
- Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Servant of God, Seminarian Frank Parater Archived 2007-08-10 at the Wayback Machine.
|Catholic Church titles|
Emmet M. Walsh
|Bishop of Charleston
Paul John Hallinan
Peter Leo Ireton
|Bishop of Richmond
Walter Francis Sullivan