Thomas Ambrose Tschoepe

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Thomas Ambrose Tschoepe
Bishop of Dallas
Church Roman Catholic
See Dallas
In office 1969–1990
Predecessor Thomas Kiely Gorman
Successor Charles Victor Grahmann
Ordination May 30, 1943
Personal details
Born (1915-12-17)December 17, 1915
Pilot Point, Texas
Died January 24, 2009(2009-01-24) (aged 93)
Dallas, Texas
Previous post Bishop of San Angelo
Styles of
Thomas Tschoepe
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style none

Thomas Ambrose Tschoepe (/ˈʃˌpi/; December 17, 1915 – January 24, 2009)[1] was the second Roman Catholic bishop of San Angelo, Texas and the fifth bishop of Dallas, Texas.[2]

Tschoepe was born on December 17, 1915 in Pilot Point, Texas and was ordained a priest on May 30, 1943. On March 9, 1966 he was consecrated Bishop of San Angelo, and on October 29, 1969, he was installed as Bishop of Dallas. During Tschoepe’s administration, 21 counties in East Texas were split off into the new Diocese of Tyler, reducing the Dallas Diocese to 9 counties and a little over 7,000 square miles.[3] As bishop Tschoepe attended a presentation at Holy Trinity Seminary (Dallas) by Paul Shanley, who spoke of the positive effects of sexual relations between adult males and teenagers. Tschoepe made no objection to this presentation.[4]

Tschoepe retired on July 14, 1990 and was succeeded by Charles Victor Grahmann. During the early part of his retirement he lived and served at St. Joseph's parish in Waxahachie, Texas.[5] In his later years he lived at the St. Joseph Retirement Center in south Dallas, where he died on January 24, 2009 at age 93.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Former Dallas bishop Tschoepe dies". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 2009-01-24. Retrieved 2009-01-24. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Diocese of Dallas, United States". Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  3. ^ Bannon, Sister Lois. "Dallas, Catholic Diocese of". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  4. ^ Podles, Leon J., Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church (Baltimore: Crossland Press, 2008) p. 129
  5. ^ "The Fifth Bishop of Dallas". Diocese of Dallas. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Joseph Drury
Bishop of San Angelo
Succeeded by
Stephen Aloysius Leven
Preceded by
Thomas Kiely Gorman
Bishop of Dallas
Succeeded by
Charles Victor Grahmann