Lawrence B. Casey

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Lawrence B. Casey
Bishop of Paterson
OrdinationJune 7, 1930
ConsecrationMay 5, 1954
Personal details
Born(1905-09-06)September 6, 1905
Rochester, New York
DiedJune 15, 1977(1977-06-15) (aged 71)
Paterson, New Jersey
BuriedCalvary Cemetery in Paterson, New Jersey
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsJoseph Leo and Agnes Madeline (née Switzer) Casey
EducationSt. Andrew's Preparatory Seminary

Lawrence Bernard Brennan Casey (September 6, 1905—June 15, 1977) was the fifth Roman Catholic Bishop of Paterson (1966-1977).


Lawrence Casey was born in Rochester, New York, to Joseph Leo and Agnes Madeline (née Switzer) Casey.[1] He studied at St. Andrew's Preparatory Seminary from 1919 until 1924, when he entered St. Bernard's Seminary.[1] Casey was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 1930.[2] He then served as a curate at St. Mary's Church in Rochester until 1932, and was secretary to Bishops John Francis O'Hern (1932-1933), Edward Mooney (1933-1937), and James E. Kearney (1937-1946).[1] He was named rector of Holy Cross Church in 1946 and of Sacred Heart Cathedral in 1952.[1]

On February 10, 1953, Casey was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Rochester and Titular Bishop of Cea by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 5 from Cardinal Francis Spellman, with Bishops Walter Andrew Foery and Alexander M. Zaleski serving as co-consecrators.[2] Following the death of Bishop James Johnston Navagh, he was named Bishop of Paterson, New Jersey, on March 4, 1966.[2] After eleven years as bishop, he resigned on June 13, 1977.[2] Casey died just two days later, aged 71.


  1. ^ a b c d Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Lawrence Bernard Brennan Casey".[self-published source]
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Wesceslau Nazareno Ponti, O.F.M. Cap.
Titular Bishop of Cea
May 5, 1953 – March 4, 1966
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Rochester
May 5, 1953 – March 4, 1966
Succeeded by
Preceded by
James Johnston Navagh
Bishop of Paterson
March 4, 1966 – June 13, 1977
Succeeded by
Frank Joseph Rodimer