Thomas Bonacum

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Thomas Bonacum
Bishop of Lincoln
Bishop Thomas Bonacum.jpg
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Diocese of Lincoln
In office 1887 — 1911
Predecessor none
Successor John Henry Tihen
Ordination 18 June 1870
Personal details
Born 29 January 1847
Thurles, Ireland
Died 4 February 1911(1911-02-04) (aged 64)
Nebraska, United States

Thomas Bonacum (29 January 1847 – 4 February 1911) was the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lincoln.[1][2] He was the rector of the Church of the Holy Name in St. Louis, Missouri.


Bonacum was born near Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland and emigrated to the United States when he was a child, settling at St. Louis, Missouri. He studied at St. Vincent's College, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and at the University of Würzburg, Bavaria, after which he was ordained priest at St. Louis, 18 June 1870.

He attended the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore as theologian for Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick, and was named by the bishops as the first Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville proposed for Southern Illinois. The Congregation of Propaganda did not immediately act, and Bonacum was appointed to the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Bonacum was consecrated bishop on 30 November 1887, and took formal possession of the see on 21 December 1888.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Lincoln (1)". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

  1. ^ Cheney, David M. (10 February 10). "Bishop Thomas Bonacum". Retrieved 29 May 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)[self-published source]
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Lincoln (1)". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
(diocese erected)
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
John Henry Tihen