Thomas William Drumm
Thomas W. Drumm, DD
|Bishop of Des Moines|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|In office||March 28, 1919—October 24, 1933|
|Successor||Gerald Thomas Bergan|
|Ordination||December 21, 1901|
|Consecration||May 21, 1919|
July 12, 1871|
Fore, County Westmeath, Ireland
|Died||October 24, 1933
Des Moines, Iowa
Thomas Drumm was born in Fore, County Westmeath, to Thomas and Mary (née Cullen) Drumm. He came to the United States in 1888, and began his studies at St. Joseph's College in Dubuque, Iowa. 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. He then furthered his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He labored in the diocesan missions of Dubuque, and became pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Cedar Rapids in 1915.
On March 28, 1919, Drumm was appointed the second Bishop of Des Moines by Pope Benedict XV. 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. In 1924 he became the first Catholic bishop to preach regularly on the radio, offering monthly broadcasts on WHO. He remained as bishop until his death at age 62.
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