Thomas Mathias Lenihan
Thomas M. Lenihan, DD
|Bishop of Cheyenne|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|In office||November 30, 1896 – December 15, 1901|
|Predecessor||Maurice Francis Burke|
|Successor||James John Keane|
|Ordination||November 19, 1868|
|Consecration||February 24, 1897|
May 21, 1843|
Mallow, County Cork, Ireland
|Died||December 15, 1901
Thomas Mathias Lenihan (May 21, 1843 – December 15, 1901) was a late 19th and early 20th century bishop in the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne in the state of Wyoming from 1896–1901. He was an older brother to the first bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls, Mathias Clement Lenihan.
Early life & Ministry
Born in Mallow, County Cork, Ireland, Lenihan was educated at St. Thomas College in Bardstown, Kentucky, St. Vincent's Seminary in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Dubuque, Iowa on November 19, 1868. He was involved in parish ministry while a priest in the diocese, and later, archdiocese of Dubuque. In addition to older brother, Thomas also had a sister, Katherine Kelly (née Lenihan).
Bishop of Cheyenne
On November 30, 1896 Pope Leo XIII named him the second bishop of Cheyenne. He was consecrated a bishop on February 24, 1897 by Archbishop John Hennessy of Dubuque. The co-consecrators were Bishops Henry Cosgrove of Davenport and Thomas Bonacum of Lincoln. The Cheyenne diocese had been without a bishop for almost four years when his predecessor, Bishop Maurice Francis Burke, left to become bishop of Saint Joseph, Missouri. Bishop Lenihan, however, was a man of poor health that was made worse by Wyoming's high altitude and dryness. He was restricted in what he could accomplish and returned to Iowa where he died. He was the bishop of the diocese for 5 years.