Michael William Hyle

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The Most Reverend

Michael William Hyle
Bishop of Wilmington
See Bishop of Wilmington
Installed May 9, 1960
Term ended July 10, 1967
Predecessor Edmond Fitzmaurice
Successor Thomas Mardaga
Other posts Coadjutor Bishop of Wilmington (1958–1960)
Titular Bishop of Christopolis (1958–1960)
Second Vatican Council Father: Session One (1962)
Second Vatican Council Father: Session Two (1963)
Second Vatican Council Father: Session Three (1964)
Second Vatican Council Father: Session Four (1965)
Ordination March 12, 1927
Consecration September 24, 1958
Personal details
Birth name Michael William Hyle
Born (1901-10-13)October 13, 1901
Baltimore, Maryland
Died December 26, 1967(1967-12-26) (aged 66)
Wilmington, Delaware
Denomination Roman Catholic Church

Michael William Hyle (October 13, 1901 – December 26, 1967) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Wilmington from 1960 until his death in 1967.


Michael Hyle was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to John and Elizabeth (née McCloskey) Hyle.[1] He attended St. Charles College in Catonsville and afterwards St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 1922.[1] He then furthered his studies in Rome at the Pontifical North American College and the Urban College of Propaganda, earning a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1926.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood on March 12, 1927.[2] After doing pastoral work in Washington, D.C. from 1927 to 1943, he served as pastor in Libertyville (1943–1946), Bradshaw (1946–1957), and in Baltimore (1957–1958).[1]

On July 3, 1958, Hyle was appointed Coadjutor Bishop, with right of succession, of Wilmington, Delaware, and Titular Bishop of Christopolis by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 24 at the Basilica of the Assumption (Baltimore) from Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, with Archbishop Albert Gregory Meyer and Bishop Jerome Aloysius Sebastian serving as co-consecrators.[2] As coadjutor, he also served as vicar general of the diocese and pastor of Christ Our King Church.[1]

Upon the retirement of Bishop Edmond John Fitzmaurice on March 2, 1960, Hyle succeeded him, effective immediately, as the fifth Bishop of Wilmington.[2] He attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965.[3] He dedicated much of his administration to the implementation of the Council's reforms, encouraging the formation of parish councils and the ecumenical movement.[3] He also established St. Mark's High School (a diocesean high school) and the University of Delaware's Newman Centre (Thomas More Oratory).[3]

Hyle later died at age 66; he was the first Bishop of Wilmington to die while still in office.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edmond John Fitzmaurice
Bishop of Wilmington
Succeeded by
Thomas Joseph Mardaga


  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 Michael William Hyle". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  3. ^ a b c "A Brief History of the Diocese of Wilmington". Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.