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.


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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  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
Succeeded by
Arthur Joseph O'Neill