Thomas William Drumm

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Most Reverend
Thomas W. Drumm, DD
Bishop of Des Moines
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Church Roman Catholic Church
See Des Moines
In office March 28, 1919—October 24, 1933
Predecessor Austin Dowling
Successor Gerald Thomas Bergan
Ordination December 21, 1901
Consecration May 21, 1919
Personal details
Born (1871-07-12)July 12, 1871
Fore, County Westmeath, Ireland
Died October 24, 1933(1933-10-24) (aged 62)
Des Moines, Iowa

Thomas William Drumm (July 12, 1871—October 24, 1933) was an Irish-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Des Moines from 1919 until his death in 1933.


Thomas Drumm was born in Fore, County Westmeath, to Thomas and Mary (née Cullen) Drumm.[1] He came to the United States in 1888, and began his studies at St. Joseph's College in Dubuque, Iowa.[1] He completed his theological studies at the Grand Seminary of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, where he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Paul Bruchési on December 21, 1901.[2] He then furthered his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.[1] He labored in the diocesan missions of Dubuque, and became pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Cedar Rapids in 1915.[1]

On March 28, 1919, Drumm was appointed the second Bishop of Des Moines by Pope Benedict XV.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 21 from Archbishop John Joseph Keane, with Bishops James J. Davis and Edmond Heelan serving as co-consecrators.[2] In 1924 he became the first Catholic bishop to preach regularly on the radio, offering monthly broadcasts on WHO.[3] He remained as bishop until his death at age 62.


  1. ^ a b c d O'Donnell, John Hugh (1922). "The Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1790-1922". The Catholic University of America Studies in American Church History. Washington, D.C. IV. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop Thomas William Drumm". [self-published source]
  3. ^ "Bishops of the Diocese of Des Moines" (PDF). Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines.