Joseph M. Corrigan

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Most Reverend

Joseph M. Corrigan
Rector of The Catholic University of America
ChurchCatholic Church
SeeTitular See of Bilta
AppointedFebruary 3, 1940
In officeApril 2, 1940 - June 9, 1942
OrdinationJune 6, 1903
by Pietro Respighi
ConsecrationApril 2, 1940
by Michael Joseph Curley
Personal details
BornMay 18, 1879
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 9, 1942(1942-06-09) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C.

Joseph M. Corrigan (May 18, 1879 – June 9, 1942) was a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as the sixth rector of The Catholic University of America from 1936-1942.


Early life and education[edit]

Joseph Moran Corrigan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his studies for the priesthood in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. Kennedy was ordained a priest in Rome for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on June 6, 1903 by Cardinal Pietro Respighi, the Vicar General of Rome.[1]


After he returned to Pennsylvania, Corrigan served as an assistant pastor in several parishes, director of the Madonna House and settlement work with Italian immigrants, Director of Catholic Charities in the archdiocese and the Catholic Children’s Bureau. He also served on the board of directors of the Community Council of Philadelphia (the Welfare Federation), as the state chaplain of the Pennsylvania State Council of the Knights of Columbus, as a judge on the archdiocesan marriage tribunal, moderator of the priests’ vigilance committee and retreat master for the Philadelphia Laymen’s Weekend Retreat League.[2]

Corrigan joined the faculty and served as rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary from 1918-1936. Pope Pius XI named him a Domestic Prelate with the title of Monsignor in 1918. Corrigan was named the rector of The Catholic University of America in 1936. During his time as rector Curley Hall was built, and he was among five American Catholic leaders and a politician who condemned Nazi violence against the Jews in a radio broadcast on November 16, 1938.[3]


Pope Pius XII appointed him as the Titular Bishop of Bilta on February 3, 1940. He was consecrated a bishop by Cardinal Dennis Dougherty, Archbishop of Philadelphia, on April 2, 1940. The principal co-consecrators were Archbishops Michael Curley of Baltimore-Washington and Edward Mooney of Detroit.[1] He died suddenly on June 9, 1942 at the age of 63.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Bishop Joseph Moran Corrigan". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-02-07.[self-published source]
  2. ^ "Joseph M. Corrigan papers, 1896-1942 (MC 25)". Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  3. ^ "History of CUA Presidency". The Catholic University of America. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  4. ^ "Archbishops who are not Ordinaries of Sees". Giga-Catholic. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
Academic offices
Preceded by
James Hugh Ryan
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Rector of the Catholic University of America

Succeeded by
Patrick J. McCormick
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Titular Bishop of Bilta
1940 - 1942
Succeeded by