Loras Thomas Lane

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The Most Reverend Dr. Loras Thomas Lane (October 19, 1910 – July 22, 1968), DD., was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Rockford from 1956 until his death in 1968.

Biography[edit]

Bishop Loras Lane was born in Cascade, Iowa, to Thomas and Josephine (née Barrett) Lane.[1] After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1932, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College in 1933 and furthered his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, from where he earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1937.[1] Lane was ordained to the priesthood on March 19, 1937.[2]

He also earned a doctorate in canon law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.[1] Upon his return to Iowa in 1937, Lane served as a curate at Nativity Church in Dubuque until 1940, when he became an instructor in Spanish and economics at Loras College.[1] He was president of Loras College from 1951 to 1956.[1]

On May 29, 1951, Lane was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Dubuque and Titular Bishop of Bencenna by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 20 from Archbishop Leo Binz, with Bishops Joseph Clement Willging and Edward Aloysius Fitzgerald serving as co-consecrators.[2] Lane was later named Bishop of Rockford, Illinois, on October 11, 1956.[2] He attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965.

Bishop Lane died at the age of 57.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop Loras Thomas Lane". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. [self-published source]
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Raymond Peter Hillinger
Bishop of Rockford
1956–1968
Succeeded by
Arthur Joseph O'Neill