William G. Curlin

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William George Curlin (August 30, 1927 – December 23, 2017) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Bishop of Charlotte from 1994 to 2002. His episcopal motto was "Sentire Cum Christo" ("To Think With Christ").

William G. Curlin
Bishop Emeritus of Charlotte
AppointedFebruary 22, 1994
InstalledApril 13, 1994
Term endedSeptember 10, 2002
PredecessorJohn Francis Donoghue
SuccessorPeter Joseph Jugis
OrdinationMay 25, 1957
by Patrick O'Boyle
ConsecrationDecember 20, 1988
by James Aloysius Hickey, Eugene Antonio Marino, and Alvaro Corrada del Rio
Personal details
Born(1927-08-30)August 30, 1927
Portsmouth, Virginia
DiedDecember 23, 2017(2017-12-23) (aged 90)
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of Washington
MottoSentire Cum Christo


William G. Curlin was born August 30, 1927 in Portsmouth, VA. Curlin was the son of the late Mary and Stephen Curlin. He attended St. John's College and later Georgetown University. After entering St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Curlin was ordained a priest by Cardinal Patrick O'Boyle in Washington D.C. on May 25, 1957. Over the next three decades, he served in mostly poor parishes, opened a women's shelter and 20 soup kitchens throughout the Washington area. Fr. Curlin, along with Mother Teresa, championed the opening of the Gift of Peace Home, a refuge for people suffering from AIDS. Fr. Curlin was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Washington D.C. by Cardinal James Hickey on December 20, 1988. In other ministries, he was vicar for Theological College, the Catholic University of America from 1974 to 1980, chaplain to Pope VI and Chairman of the Associated Catholic Charities.

Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Curlin as the third Bishop of Charlotte, N.C., on February 22, 1994 and he was installed on April 13, 1994. As Bishop of Charlotte, Curlin continued his ministry to the poor, ordained 28 men to the priesthood and opened numerous Churches throughout the diocese. Beginning in the 1970s, Bishop Curlin began a lifelong friendship with Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta. On June 13, 1995 Bishop Curlin invited Mother Teresa to speak at the Charlotte Coliseum, drawing a crowd of over 19,000.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop Emeritus of Charlotte
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Francis Donoghue
Bishop of Charlotte
Succeeded by
Peter Joseph Jugis
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Washington
Succeeded by