John Michael McNamara

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John Michael McNamara
Auxiliary Bishop of Washington
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Bishop McNamara High School
In office1947-1960
OrdinationJune 21, 1902
by Cardinal James Gibbons
ConsecrationMarch 29, 1928
by Archbishop Michael Joseph Curley
Personal details
Born(1878-08-12)August 12, 1878
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedNovember 26, 1960(1960-11-26) (aged 82)
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsMichael and Margaret (née McNeally) McNamara
EducationLoyola College
Alma materSt. Mary's Seminary

John Michael McNamara (August 12, 1878—November 26, 1960) was an American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (1927–1947) and of the Archdiocese of Washington (1947–1960).


John McNamara was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Michael and Margaret (née McNeally) McNamara.[1] He studied at Loyola College and at St. Mary's Seminary, both in Baltimore.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal James Gibbons on June 21, 1902.[2] He then did pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and in the Diocese of Wilmington, and became the founding pastor of St. Gabriel Church in Washington, D.C. in 1919.[1]

On December 16, 1927, McNamara was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore and Titular Bishop of Eumenia by Pope Pius XI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on March 29, 1928 from Archbishop Michael Joseph Curley, with Bishops William Joseph Hafey and Thomas Joseph Toolen serving as co-consecrators, at the Cathedral of the Assumption.[2] He served as vicar general of the archdiocese, and was named an Assistant at the Pontifical Throne on March 30, 1947.[1] On November 15, 1947, McNamara was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the newly erected Archdiocese of Washington.[2] He assumed the role of vicar general in Washington as well.[1]

Throughout his ecclesiastical career, he actively supported the canonization of Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, and ordained nearly 2,000 men to the priesthood.[1] McNamara continued to serve as an auxiliary bishop until his death at age 82.

Bishop McNamara High School bears the name of the bishop.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Most Rev. John M. McNamara". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop John Michael McNamara".[self-published source]
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Washington
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore
Succeeded by