Richard Henry Ackerman

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Most Rev. Richard Henry Ackerman
Bishop Emeritus of Covington
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington (emeritus)
In office May 17, 1960 – November 28, 1978
Predecessor William Theodore Mulloy
Successor William Anthony Hughes
Ordination August 28, 1926
Consecration May 22, 1956
Personal details
Born (1903-08-30)August 30, 1903
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died November 18, 1992(1992-11-18) (aged 89)
Covington, Kentucky
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego (1956–1960)

Richard Henry Ackerman, C.S.Sp. (August 30, 1903 – November 18, 1992) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. A member of the Holy Ghost Fathers, he served as Bishop of Covington from 1960 to 1978.


Richard Ackerman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to John and Josephine (née Richard) Ackerman.[1] After graduating from Duquesne University High School, he entered the Duquesne University School of Drama in 1920.[2] He entered the Congregation of the Holy Ghost in 1921 and made his religious profession at Ridgefield, Connecticut on August 15, 1922.[2] He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Maurice F. McAuliffe on August 28, 1926.[3]

Between 1926 and 1940, Ackerman served as master of novices for the Holy Ghost Fathers, assistant pastor of St. Benedict the Moor Parish in Pittsburgh, assistant to the National Director of the Pontifical Association of the Holy Childhood, assistant to the professor of philosophy at St. Mary Seminary in Norwalk, and assistant pastor at St. Mary Parish in Detroit, Michigan.[2] He was named National Director of the Holy Childhood Association in 1941, and Vice-President of the Association's Superior Council in 1947. Upon the Silver Jubilee of his priestly ordination in 1951, he was presented with the Grand Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by Pope Pius XII.[2]

On April 6, 1956, Ackerman was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego, California and Titular Bishop of Lares.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 22 from Bishop John Dearden, with Bishops Jean Gay, C.S.Sp., and Thomas McDonnell serving as co-consecrators, at St. Paul's Cathedral.[3] He was later named the seventh Bishop of Covington, Kentucky by Pope John XXIII on April 4, 1960, and installed at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption on the following May 17.[3] From 1962 to 1965, he attended the Second Vatican Council, where he was a member of the conservative Coetus Internationalis Patrum.[4]

Upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, Ackerman resigned as Bishop on November 28, 1978, after 18 years of service.[3] He later died at age 89, and is buried at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.[2]


  1. ^ Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Most Rev. Richard Henry Ackerman, C.S.Sp., S.T.D.". Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Richard Henry Ackerman". 
  4. ^ Tissier de Mallerais, Bernard. "Members of the Coetus Internationalis Patrum". The Biography of Marcel Lefebvre, 2004. 

Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Theodore Mulloy
Bishop of Covington
Succeeded by
William Anthony Hughes
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego
Succeeded by