Patrick Manogue

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Bishop Patrick Manogue seated with a breviary in traditional choir dress, cassock and rochet c. 1885 - 1887.
Styles of
Patrick Manogue
Mitre (plain).svg
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style not applicable

Patrick Manogue (May 28, 1831 – February 27, 1895) was a miner '49er,[1] pioneer priest and the founding Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, California.[2]

Early life[edit]

Patrick Manogue was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland in 1831. Emigrating to the United States, he left college to support his siblings. Manogue ventured out to Moore's Flat, California where he prospected for gold.[1] One of his fellow "ordinary miners",[1] John Mackay, the grandfather of Ellin Mackay, wife of Irving Berlin, would spearhead the building of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament starting in 1887.[1]

After four years of prospecting, Manogue earned enough to pay his tuition at Saint Sulpice Seminary, Paris.[1] The Archdiocese of San Francisco's Archbishop, Joseph Alemany, recommended the "gold miner"[3] novice. Manogue admired its cathedral, which would become the model for his future diocese, and was ordained a priest on December 21, 1861.[4]

Pastoral appointments[edit]

Father Patrick Manogue, a pioneering priest to California and Nevada.

Manogue was ordained to the priesthood on December 21, 1861.[5] Bishop Eugene O'Connell was instrumental in choosing then Father Manogue to start a ministry in the Nevada Territory.[6] Along with O'Connell, Manogue encouraged the Daughters of Charity to help populate pioneer churches in Nevada.[7] Manogue returned to Nevada and built the "first St. Mary’s in the Mountains" in 1862.[8] O'Connell felt that a former miner was best suited for a ministry to the growing Nevada mining community.[9]

Episcopal appointments[edit]

Diocese of Grass Valley[edit]

On July 27, 1880 Bishop Manogue was appointed as coadjutor bishop of the Grass Valley Diocese.[10] Manogue was ordained as a bishop on January 16, 1881 by Archbishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany y Conill.[11] His principal co-consecrators were Archbishop Francisco Mora y Borrell[12] and Bishop O'Connell.

In 1884, Manogue left Virginia City, Nevada to replace O'Connell.[13] On February 29, 1884, Manogue succeeded O’Connell as the second and last diocesan bishop of Grass Valley.[14] Manogue served two years as its final diocesan bishop.[15]

Diocese of Sacramento[edit]

On May 28, 1886 the Grass Valley Diocese was suppressed[16] when the Diocese of Sacramento was erected.[17] Manogue became its founding bishop and in effect the second bishop of the Sacramento diocese.[18][19][20] The new diocese needed a cathedral and with help of Mackay and other influential miners,[1] Manogue built his cathedral on donated land by the first governor of California, Peter Burnett.[1]

On June 29, 1887 Manogue was one of the principal Co-Consecrators of Bishop Lawrence Scanlan.[21]

Final years[edit]

Manogue died in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament rectory on February 27, 1895.[22]


Bishop Manogue Assembly 50, Knights of Columbus, was named in honor of this bishop.[23] Because of his pioneering work in Nevada, Bishop Manogue High School in Reno was dedicated in his name.[24] Bishop Manogue High School, a former female school in the Sacramento Diocese, was named for this Bishop.[25] This school was merged with Christian Brothers High School which hosted a "Bishop Manogue Derby Day" celebrating the Kentucky Derby at the second annual Bishop Manogue H.S. reunion on May 1, 2010.[25]

Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Eugene O'Connell
Diocese of Grass Valley
February 29, 1884–May 26, 1886
Succeeded by
Last Diocesan Bishop
Preceded by
Founding Bishop
Diocese of Sacramento
May 26, 1886–February 27, 1895
Succeeded by
Thomas Grace



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "1881-1895 — Bishop Manogue First Bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Sacramento". Diocese of Sacramento. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  2. ^ The Forgotten Diocese and the Spurned CathedralRetrieved 2010-05-01.
  3. ^ "God’s Geese: Daughters of Charity from San Francisco to Virginia City"
  4. ^ Bishop Patrick Manogue's biodata at the Catholic Hierarchy website
  5. ^ Bishop Patrick Manogue † Retrieved: 2010-05-01.
  6. ^ Patrick Manogue Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  7. ^ God’s Geese: Daughters of Charity from San Francisco to Virginia City Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  8. ^ "Renovations for church in Virginia City". March 13, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  9. ^ Julie Rose (February 8, 2007). "Patrick Manogue". Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  10. ^ Bishop Patrick Manogue † Retrieved: 2010-05-01.
  11. ^ Archbishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany y Conill, O.P. † Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  12. ^ Archbishop Francisco Mora y Borrell † Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  13. ^ Patrick Manogue Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  14. ^ Diocese of Grass Valley Dioecesis Vallispratensis Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  15. ^ Bishop Patrick Manogue † Retrieved: 2010-05-01.
  16. ^ Diocese of Grass Valley Dioecesis Vallispratensis Retrieved: 2010-05-01.
  17. ^ Diocese of Sacramento Dioecesis Sacramentensis Retrieved: 2010-05-01.
  18. ^ Bishop Patrick Manogue † Retrieved: 2010-05-01.
  19. ^ Lineage of Bishops Retrieved: 2010-05-01.
  20. ^ Diocese of Sacramento Dioecesis Sacramentensis Retrieved: 2010-05-01.
  21. ^ "Bishop Lawrence Scanlan †". 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  22. ^ Ibid. Retrieved: 2010-05-01.
  23. ^ "Welcome to Bishop Manogue Assembly". 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  24. ^ "The History of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School". 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  25. ^ a b "Bishop Manogue's Derby Day, May 1, 2010". Christian Brothers High School. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-01. [dead link]