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Joseph N. Dinand

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend

Joseph N. Dinand

Vicar Apostolic of Jamaica
ChurchCatholic Church
SeeTitular See of Selinus
AppointedJuly 12, 1927
In officeOctober 30, 1927 - October 4, 1929
PredecessorWilliam F. O'Hare, S.J.
SuccessorThomas Addis Emmet, S.J.
OrdinationJune 25, 1903
by James Gibbons
ConsecrationOctober 30, 1927
by Thomas M. O'Leary
Personal details
BornDecember 3, 1869
DiedJuly 29, 1943(1943-07-29) (aged 73)
Weston, Massachusetts

Joseph N. Dinand, S.J. (December 3, 1869 – July 29, 1943) was an American-born bishop of the Catholic Church. He twice served as president at the College of the Holy Cross from 1911 to 1918 and from 1924 to 1927. He also served as the Vicar Apostolic of Jamaica from 1927 to 1929. He was a member of the Jesuits.


Joseph Nicholas Dinand was born in Boston, Massachusetts to John and Julia (Looney) Dinand. He received his primary and secondary education in Boston before enrolling in Boston College.[1] He entered the novitiate in Frederick, Maryland, on August 15, 1877, and professed vows in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) on August 15, 1880. He continued his education at the College of the Sacred Heart in Woodstock, Maryland and was ordained a priest there by Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore on June 25, 1903.[1] He professed final vows on August 15, 1906. His ministry as a Jesuit centered on education. He was a member of the faculty of St. George's College in Kingston, Jamaica, and he served two terms as president at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.[2]

On July 12, 1927 Pope Pius XI appointed Dinand as the Titular Bishop of Selinus and Vicar Apostolic of Jamaica. He was consecrated by Bishop Thomas M. O'Leary of Springfield in Massachusetts on October 30, 1927. The principal co-consecrators were Bishops Joseph J. Rice of Burlington and John G. Murray of Portland.[3] Dinand continued to serve as the Vicar Apostolic until his resignation was accepted by Pope Pius XI on October 4, 1929 for health reasons.[1] He died in Weston, Massachusetts at the age of 73 on July 29, 1943.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Boston's Missionary Bishops". Jesuits New England Province. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  2. ^ a b "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica". Giga-Catholic. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  3. ^ "Bishop Joseph Nicholas Dinand, S.J." Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-02-10.