Thomas Cusack (bishop)

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Thomas Francis Cusack
Bishop Thomas Francis Cusack.jpg
Born (1862-02-22)February 22, 1862
Died April 12, 1918(1918-04-12) (aged 56)

Thomas Francis Cusack (February 22, 1862 – July 12, 1918) was an American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Albany from 1915 until his death in 1918.

Biography[edit]

Thomas Cusack was born in New York City to James and Honora (née Boland) Cusack.[1] His parents were Irish immigrants who came to the United States on their honeymoon.[2] His childhood was spent on the Lower East Side, and he made his early studies at the parochial school of St. James Church.[3] He then attended St. Francis Xavier's College, from where he graduated in 1880.[3] His theological studies were made at St. Joseph's Seminary in Troy, where Cusack was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1885.[4]

His first assignment was to St. Teresa's Church, where he remained until he was named pastor of St. Peter's Church in Rosendale in 1890.[1] In 1897, he resigned his pastorate to organize the Archdiocesan Mission Society, of which he was also made superior.[1] During the Spanish–American War, he served as chaplain at Camp Chickamauga in Georgia.[2]

On March 11, 1904, Cusack was appointed auxiliary bishop of New York and titular bishop of Themiscyra by Pope Pius X.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on the following April 25 from Archbishop John Murphy Farley, with Bishops Charles H. Colton and James Augustine McFaul serving as co-consecrators, in St. Patrick's Cathedral.[4] In addition to his episcopal duties, he served as pastor of St. Stephen's Church from 1904 to 1915.[1]

Cusack was named the fifth Bishop of Albany by Pope Benedict XV on July 5, 1915.[4] He remained in this post for three years, when he died at the age of 56.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Meehan, Thomas F., ed. (1919). Historical Records and Studies. XIII. Stephen Farrelly, Joseph F. Delany. New York: United States Catholic Historical Society. 
  2. ^ a b "BISHOP CUSACK DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS". The New York Times. 1918-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b The Messenger. XLI. New York. 1904. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Bishop Thomas Francis Cusack". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Martin Aloysius Burke
Bishop of Albany
1915–1918
Succeeded by
Edmund Gibbons
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of New York
1904–1915
Succeeded by