John R. McGann

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John R. McGann
Bishop emeritus of Rockville Centre
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Rockville Centre
Installed June 24, 1976
Term ended January 4, 2000
Predecessor Walter P. Kellenberg
Successor James T. McHugh
Ordination June 3, 1950
Consecration January 7, 1971
Personal details
Born (1924-12-02)December 2, 1924
Brooklyn, New York
Died January 31, 2002(2002-01-31) (aged 77)
Rockville Centre, New York
Buried Cemetery of the Holy Rood
40°45′03″N 73°35′04″W / 40.7508°N 73.5844°W / 40.7508; -73.5844Coordinates: 40°45′03″N 73°35′04″W / 40.7508°N 73.5844°W / 40.7508; -73.5844
Alma mater Cathedral Preparatory Seminary

John Raymond McGann (December 2, 1924 — January 29, 2002) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York from 1976 to 2000.


Early life and education[edit]

John McGann was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Thomas and Mary (née Ryan) McGann.[1] He received his early education at the parochial school of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, graduating in 1938.[2] He then began his studies for the priesthood at Cathedral College in Brooklyn, and afterwards attended Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington from 1944 to 1950.[3]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

On June 3, 1950, McGann was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn by Bishop Thomas E. Molloy.[4] His first assignment was as a curate at St. Anne's Church in Brentwood, where he served for seven years.[1] He also served as an assistant chaplain at Pilgrim State Hospital and a professor at St. Joseph's Academy, both in Brentwood (1950–54).[3]

In 1957, McGann was named assistant personal secretary to Bishop Walter P. Kellenberg and assistant chancellor of the newly erected Diocese of Rockville Centre.[2] He became personal secretary to Bishop Kellenberg in 1959, and was named a papal chamberlain by Pope John XXIII that same year.[1] In addition to his pastoral work at St. Agnes Cathedral, he was made vice-chancellor of the diocese in 1967 and served as secretary of the diocesan board of consultors.[2]

Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York[edit]

On November 12, 1970, McGann was appointed auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre and titular bishop of Morosbisdus by Pope Paul VI.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on January 7, 1971 from Bishop Kellenberg, with Bishops Vincent John Baldwin and Charles Richard Mulrooney serving as co-consecrators.[4] In 1976, he was appointed bishop of the diocese. He was elected treasurer of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1984.[3]

Later life and death[edit]

After reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, McGann resigned as Bishop of Rockville Centre on January 4, 2000.[4] He was succeeded by Bishop James T. McHugh, who had served as his coadjutor bishop since 1999.[4] McGann died at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, at age 77.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Curtis, Georgina Pell (1977). The American Catholic Who's Who. XXI. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop McGann's Biography". Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kelley, Tina (2002-01-31). "Bishop John McGann, 77, Dies on Long Island". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Bishop John Raymond McGann". 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Walter P. Kellenberg
Bishop of Rockville Centre
Succeeded by
James T. McHugh
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre
Succeeded by