Peter William Bartholome

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Peter William Bartholome
Bishop of Saint Cloud
Titular Bishop of Tanaramusa
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
SeeDiocese of Saint Cloud
Other post(s)Titular Bishop of Tanaramusa
OrdinationJune 17, 1917
by Patrick Heffron
ConsecrationMarch 3, 1942
by Amleto Cicognani
Personal details
Born(1893-04-02)April 2, 1893
DiedJune 17, 1982(1982-06-17) (aged 89)
EducationCampion College
St. Paul Seminary
Apollinare University

Peter William Bartholome (April 2, 1893 – June 17, 1982) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud in Minnesota from 1953 to 1968.


Early life[edit]

Peter Bartholome was born in Bellechester, Minnesota, the youngest son of Nicholas and Catherine (née Jacobs) Bartholome, who were Luxembourgian immigrants.[1] His mother, who died at age 103, was the first woman named Catholic Mother of the Year by the National Catholic Conference on Family Life in 1942 and received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal in 1952.[2]

Bartholome received his early education at St. Mary's Grade School in Bellechester (1898-1905) before attending public school in Goodhue, Minnesota, from 1906 to 1908.[3] He studied at Campion College in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1914.[3] Bartholome then returned to Minnesota and continued his studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul.[1]


Bartholome was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Patrick Heffron on June 17, 1917.[4] His first assignment was as a curate at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Rochester, Minnesota, where he remained for two years.[3] In 1919, he was appointed to the faculty of St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota, where he taught Latin, Greek, and philosophy.[1] From 1928 to 1930, Bartholome studied canon law at the Apollinare University in Rome.[1]

Returning to Minnesota, Bartholome served as chaplain at the motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Francis in Rochester for three years.[3] He was pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Caledonia, Minnesota, from 1933 to 1936.[1] He was then named diocesan director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.[1] In 1939, Bartholome returned to St. John the Evangelist Parish in Rochester, serving as its pastor until 1942.[3]

Coadjutor Bishop and Bishop of Saint Cloud[edit]

On December 6, 1941, Bartholome was appointed coadjutor bishop of Saint Cloud and titular bishop of Lete by Pope Pius XII.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on March 3, 1942, from Archbishop Amleto Cicognani, with Bishops Joseph Busch and John Peschges serving as co-consecrators, at St. Mary's Hospital Chapel in Rochester.[4] Upon the death of Bishop Joseph Busch, Bartholome automatically succeeded him to become the fifth Bishop of Saint Cloud on May 31, 1953.[4] He was named an assistant at the pontifical throne in 1954.[3]

Born and raised in a rural area, and spending his entire ministry there as well, Bartholome once said that "the dignity, independence, and freedom of men can reach its fullest stature on the farm, not in the industrial world."[5] Between 1962 and 1965, he attended the Second Vatican Council.[4] He also served as episcopal moderator of the Family Life Bureau and of the National Catholic Conference on Family Life.[6]

Retirement and legacy[edit]

Bartholome's resignation as bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud was accepted by Pope Paul VI on January 31, 1968.[4] He was appointed Titular Bishop of Tanaramusa on the same date; he later resigned on January 13, 1971.[4]

Peter Bartholome died on June 17, 1982, at age 89.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bjornson, Val (1969). The History of Minnesota. Vol. III. West Palm Beach, FL: Lewis Historical Publishing.
  2. ^ "MRS. BARTHOLOME, 103". The New York Times. 1956-07-03.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. Vol. XIV. Grosse Pointe, MI: Walter Romig.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Cheney, David M. "Bishop Peter William Bartholome".
  5. ^ "TRUMAN STRESSES RELIGION ON FARMS". The New York Times. 1946-10-12.
  6. ^ "CATHOLICS URGED TO EXALT FAMILY". The New York Times. 1947-03-11.

Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of St. Cloud
Succeeded by