J. Carroll McCormick

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Joseph Carroll McCormick (February 15, 1907 – November 2, 1996) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown (1960-1966) and bishop of Diocese of Scranton (1966-1983).


McCormick was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook and the Pontifical Roman Seminary in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood by his uncle,[1] Cardinal Dennis Joseph Dougherty, on July 10, 1932.[2] He served as vice-chancellor, and later chancellor (1936-1944), of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He became pastor of St. Stephen's Church in 1944.

On June 24, 1940, while serving as Chancellor, he offered the benediction at the closing of the second session of the 1940 Republican National Convention.[3]

On January 11, 1947, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Titular Bishop of Ruspae by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following April 23 from Cardinal Dougherty, with Bishops Hugh L. Lamb and Eugene J. McGuinness serving as co-consecrators.[2]

He was named Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown on June 25, 1960, and attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965. He became Bishop of Scranton on March 4, 1966, and resigned almost 17 years later on February 15, 1983.[2]

He later died at age 89.


  1. ^ "His Eminence Dennis Cardinal Dougherty". The Bishops of Philadelphia. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop Joseph Carroll McCormick". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. [self-published source]
  3. ^ Official Report of the Proceedings of the 22nd Republican National Convention, published by the Republican National Committee (1940), p. 40
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Howard Joseph Carroll
Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown
Succeeded by
James John Hogan
Preceded by
Jerome Daniel Hannan
Bishop of Scranton
Succeeded by
John Joseph O'Connor