Joseph Maria Koudelka
Joseph Maria Koudelka
|Bishop of Superior|
Bishop Joseph M Koudelka, November 5, 1913
|Diocese||Diocese of Superior|
|In office||November 5, 1913—June 24, 1921|
|Predecessor||Augustine Francis Schinner|
|Successor||Joseph Gabriel Pinten|
|Other posts||Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (auxiliary bishop) 1911—1913|
|Ordination||November 29, 1875|
|Consecration||November 9, 1907|
December 8, 1852|
|Died||June 24, 1921
|Buried||St. Mary Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Parents||Markus and Anna Jonoushek Koudelka|
|Previous post||Auxiliary bishop, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Alma mater||St. Francis Seminary|
Early years in Cleveland and Milwaukee
Bishop of Superior, Wisconsin
On August 6, 1913, Pope Pius X appointed Koudelka the second bishop of the Diocese of Superior. He was installed at the pro-cathedral of Sacred Heart in Superior, Wisconsin by Archbishop Sebastian Messmer of Milwaukee.
Fluent in eight languages, Koudelka authored books in Bohemian, German and English. At Superior he added the Ojibwe language to his vocabulary. He commissioned works of art for several church properties.
His greatest accomplishment was forming a social service agency today known as the Catholic Charities Bureau. On September 12, 1917 he dedicated St. Joseph's Children's Home in Superior, an orphanage that housed up to 200 children. He conducted over 100 parish missions around the country and contributed donations to help finance the orphanage.
He died on June 24, 1921 at his residence. The funeral Mass was celebrated at the chapel of St. Joseph's Children's Home by his nephew Fr. Charles Koudelka of Cleveland. The next day, a solemn burial Mass was held at Sacred Heart pro-cathedral. Final services were at St. Michael Church in Cleveland where he was pastor with burial at St. Mary Cemetery.
- Our Journey through Faith; A History of the Diocese of Superior. Ireland: Booklink, 2005, p. 26.
- Bishop Joseph M. Koudelka biography at catholic-hierarchy.org
- Catholic Encyclopedia, Cleveland Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland
- Milwaukee Archdiocese, affiliated Bishops at catholic-hierarchy.org
- History of Diocese of Superior, Bishop Koudelka at www.catholicdos.org
- Our Journey, p. 28.
- GCatholic Reference, Diocese of Cleveland, former prelates
- GCatholic Reference, Diocese of Superior, list of Bishops
|Catholic Church titles|
Augustine Francis Schinner
|Bishop of Superior
Joseph G. Pinten
|Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee
|Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland